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Los Angeles Lakers Acquire Ramon Sessions and Jordan Hill at the Trade Deadline: Fan’s Reaction
On Thursday, March 15, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga. The team then sent Derek Fisher and a first-round pick to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill.
Here are three thoughts on the Lakers' moves:
The Sessions deal is finally done
Rumors have been circulating for months about a Lakers' deal for Sessions. He's a solid ball distributor with a nice scoring touch, especially from three-point range. Yet there's a reason why the Cavs drafted Kyrie Irving: Sessions is shooting less than 40 percent this season. He also has a tendency to get lost in games. Sessions is a streaky player, but he's still an upgrade over the aging Derek Fisher. Speaking of Fisher…
Two long-time Lakers depart
I appreciate everything Fisher and Luke Walton have meant to the team over the years. They were key parts of the Lakers' past title runs, but their contracts were holding the club back. The team has struggled with Fisher on the floor this season. At one point, the Lakers started giving backup point guard Steve Blake more minutes than Fisher. His ineffective play was hurting the team's overall game, and it was time for Fisher to go.
Walton was once one of the most effective bench players on the roster. However, his effectiveness has been hindered by injuries for years. His contract became an albatross that gave the team less wiggle room to add depth to the bench. It's sad to see both Walton and Fisher depart from Los Angeles, and both players deserve credit for what they gave to the team, but it was time for the Lakers to move on.
Who is Jordan Hill?
The Lakers gave up Fisher and a first-round pick for a backup forward/center who has averaged just under 15 minutes per game. The deal was probably more about off-loading Fisher than it was about Hill, but the Lakers were struggling with their depth as it is. I have to believe that general manager Mitch Kupchak knew what he was getting in Hill.
Overall, I think the Lakers did the best they could with the limited pieces that they had. I'm not excited about the team giving up a first-rounder to the Rockets in the Fisher deal; however, the Lakers got rid of two players who weren't doing anything (Walton and Kapono) and received the point guard they need for the playoff run.
Derek Ciapala has been a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers since childhood. His favorite Lakers' moment is when they beat the Detroit Pistons 108-105 in Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Finals. You can follow him on Twitter @dciapala.
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