Ryan Christopher DeVault of Yahoo.com has added another name to the Portland Trail Blazers’ list of starting point guard prospects. This time, it’s Ramon Sessions, who decided to opt out of the last year of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. DeVault believes Sessions could be the right fit for Portland:
“The Portland Trail Blazers could potentially go after point guard Ramon Sessions when the NBA free agency period finally begins. Sessions becomes another option on the open market after it got revealed that the will be opting out of his current contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. I think that he becomes a very interesting option for the Blazers, especially because the team has so much room available under the current salary cap to work with.”
“I thought Sessions did really well with the Lakers after getting acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers during this past NBA season. He bumped up his averages to 12.7 points and 6.2 assists per game, playing heavy minutes for the Lakers down the stretch. Two numbers that I really like the best from him are his 47.9 shooting percentage and his 48.6 percent success from three-point range. Those are exactly the type of numbers that the Blazers could use at the point guard slot for the 2012-13 NBA season and beyond.”
The 26-year-old, whose player option is valued at $4.55 million, was sent to the Lakers from Cleveland on the March 15 trade deadline to replace Los Angeles veteran point guard Derek Fisher, who was shipped to Houston. Sessions started 19 of his 23 regular-season games with the Lakers and averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds. In the Western Conference Quarterfinals this year, he scored 12 or more points five times in the seven-game series win over the Denver Nuggets, including 15 points, six assists and nine rebounds in the Game 3 loss. Against Oklahoma City in the Semifinals, Sessions only averaged 6.8 points and three assists as the Thunder beat the Lakers in five games.
Sessions could be a nice pick up for the Trail Blazers if they decide to stray away from the big, pricey free agent names like Steve Nash and Deron Williams come July 1. But first, we’ll have to see how the Trail Blazers play their No. 6 and No. 11 picks in the June 28 NBA Draft. Many mock drafts have Portland selecting Weber State’s point guard Damian Lillard with the sixth pick.
Do you think Session could be a free agent steal for the Blazers?