July 24, 2009
The guy barely got on with Bucks coach Scott Skiles. He was clearly the starter last season, the better point guard, and yet he only started 39 games. Only played about 27.5 minutes per game overall. As a restricted free agent, it makes sense for Milwaukee to let Sessions go out and create his own market, but you've heard nary a whimper from the team regarding its interest in Ramon — and I don't think that's a case of the Bucks just playing it cool.
And I don't think this is a bad idea.
Not playing Sessions proper minutes last season? Yes, that was a bad move. Awful move. Poorly-studied, wrong move.
Letting him waltz away this summer, as an above-average point guard only making the average salary? In Milwaukee's case, I don't mind this.
Why? Because he just doesn't seem like a guy who's worth their time. He's a good player, right now, and if the team is serious about getting better and starting over and shaking things up, do you really want to concern yourself by playing and paying this guy through your rebuilding process?
Match, then trade? You can, but it won't be easy. It rarely is in this league with these RFA types. Just save a little scratch, work through 2009-10 with the uneasy pairing of Luke Ridnour(notes) and Brandon Jennings(notes), and finally give rebuilding a chance.
New York? As much as I dig Sessions, I don't get it either. He's easily worth the full MLE, but to your organization?
I understand that you don't want the cupboard completely bare, as you try to pull in free agents next year. I understand that Ramon won't be making much, he's young and knows how to play, that you might be going for wing types in 2010 and need a point man, while appreciating Sessions' talent and ability to lure.
But every penny counts. And with the cap possibly moving down to about $51 million next summer, do you want someone on your books like Sessions?
It's not an awful or even bad move. I just wonder if going from about $25 million in cap space to $20 million in cap space for Sessions is worth it. Yes, you'd get your point guard in hand regardless of who follows, and Chris Duhon(notes) really isn't much to behold, but I'm just slightly against this. Nothing against Sessions, everything for "every penny counts."
Ramon? Sorry for all the trouble.