Free agency may still be months away for the NBA, but it is never too early to begin speculating, especially for a team like the Los Angeles Lakers who have tons of cap space. Although Los Angeles is not expected to make any headlining acquisitions this summer, there are several options out there to improve the franchise for the future when more superstar free agents are available.
One player who will become an unrestricted free agent is former Lakers point guard, Ramon Sessions. Sessions had a brief stint in Los Angeles when he was traded at the deadline back in 2012 in exchange for a first-round pick, Luke Walton and Jason Kapono. Los Angeles was looking for an upgrade at the point guard position at the time as Derek Fisher was also traded at the 2012 deadline, and Sessions was just that.
In 23 games with the Lakers, Sessions averaged a solid 12.7 points per game in addition to his 6.0 assists per game. He also shot career-highs from the field (48 percent) and 3-point line (48 percent).
Furthermore, many expected Sessions to sign an extension that summer, but unfortunately poor play in the playoffs in addition to a steep contract demand resulted in Sessions signing a two-year deal with the Charlotte Bobcats. As a member of the Bobcats, Sessions did an outstanding job at backing up star point guard Kemba Walker before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he sort of fell off the NBA map.
Luckily for the Lakers, Sessions’ market value has likely decreased to an affordable price.
The positives far outweigh the negatives in regards to Sessions. On a team like the Lakers, a ball-dominant point guard is not necessary as Kobe Bryant handles the ball for the majority of the time. Therefore, Sessions would be a perfect complement to the veteran guard, plus he already has some experience playing alongside Bryant.
His outside shot and ability to attack the rim are vital skills that GM Mitch Kupchak will be looking for this summer. Depending on the market for Jordan Farmar, Sessions is a good option for the Lakers moving forward as they continue to build a contending team.