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Report: Rockets and Ramon Sessions interested in sign-and-trade with Bucks

Aug 25, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

Ramon Sessions, Patrick Beverley Ramon Sessions, Patrick Beverley

Despite the unraveling of their depth this offseason, the Rockets are likely to make the playoffs next season.

Dwight Howard and James Harden are stars. Terrence Jones, Patrick Beverley and Trevor Ariza are solid starters.

It’s the bench that could really use work, including point guard. Houston downgraded from Jeremy Lin at backup one to recently signed Ish Smith and unproven Isaiah Canaan, neither of whom are proven rotation players.

How about Ramon Sessions, one of the best unrestricted free agents left on the market?

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:

I get why Houston is interested in Sessions. He’s a pick-and-roll ace who can both get to the rim and distribute, though his defense is lacking.

But there are several small hurdles, which collectively add up to a decently sized impediment.

For one, there’s reaching a deal with Sessions. At this point, I figured a team could steal Sessions for a minimum contract, but if that were the case, Houston would just sign him outright. The Rockets have the bi-annual exception, which should be enough for Sessions, but they likely want to keep that available next summer. Hence, the sign-and-trade possibility – always a more-complicated option.

Houston is also over the regular-season roster limit of 15. Even if they waive the unguaranteed contracts of Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson and Josh Powell and the partially guaranteed contract of Robert Covington, the Rockets would have 15 players before Sessions.

That could be another reason a sign-and-trade makes sense, but the Bucks have 15 guaranteed contracts plus the desirable Kendall Marshall and expendable Chris Wright, both of whom have unguaranteed contracts. So, Milwaukee can’t mindlessly take back an extra player in a trade.

It’s tough to see all three sides making this work, but it’s easy to see why they’re trying. The Rockets could use a better backup point guard. The market has mostly dried up for Sessions. And the Bucks, who no longer have a place for Sessions, would love to get return for him. There’s definitely a chance for a deal to be reached.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    That would be a huge pick up for the Rockets. Don’t underestimate Ramon Sessions. About as good as a backup gets.

    • au1978 - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Not trying to hate on Sessions and I do love Beverley, but what the Rockets really need is a STARTING point guard. Smh.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        I actually think Sess and Bev will make a good PG combo. I like what Bev brings to the table as a starter for this particular team. Hos defense is as good as Harden’s offense, and you kind of need that balance. Also to pair him with D12 and now Ariza they should be in the top 5-10 in defense at least. I wouldn’t change that to get a true starting PG unless it’s Rondo. Plus Harden contols the rock anyways, similar to LBJ when he was with the Heat awith Chalmers as the “PG”.

  2. money2long - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    They don’t need starting quality pg with harden dominating the ball. And someone who can dump the ball to Dwight is good enough. I like that bev is the ultimate pest on defense and that is a good enough fit for now.

    But rondo would be an upgraded version of what I stated. Haha. And they should’ve traded parsons for him when they had the chance.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      The problem is that Duhwight can’t catch.

    • ddarqwon - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Buyer beware with Rondo. He is NOT the same player he was three seasons ago.

      • money2long - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        no one is

      • ddarqwon - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Kinda true. Some get better, others get worse, but a handful actually do remain the same.
        Rondo’s name evokes images of the elite player he was prior to injury but there are questions about whether he can still perform at that level.
        In addition there are concerns about his fit with Houston’s personnel and style of play.
        Nevertheless that hasn’t tempered the expectations of many of those clamoring for a Rondo to Houston deal.

    • bkbell3 - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      Money, i hear you but you kind went back on yourself from your first sentence to the second sentence. Rondo is a ball dominate point guard who is not a spot up shooter and as you said harden likes the ball in his hands and i like rondo a lot. Beverly would be perfect if he could spot up and shoot better and maybe he will,who knows. If you could some how combine mo williams and beverly into one player that would be perfect for them.

      • money2long - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:43 AM


  3. padraighansen - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I’d actually love to see Sessions land in OKC. He’d be the perfect PG to run that second unit. His defense is questionable at times, but he can get to the rack, hit free throws, and distribute the ball. I’m shocked that he’s still on the street.

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