The Los Angeles Lakers need a point guard…again. Ramon Sessions declined the one-year player option for $4.55 million, which means that nothing is guaranteed in terms of next season. There may have been a time when a player would have returned to the purple and gold based on the legacy of the franchise and the general feeling that the team would be in contention. Now, there is a chance that Sessions won't return and the Lakers will be searching the bargain barrel for a point guard.
This is still a business, and while players select teams based on comfort and their ability to contend, many athletes are going to be looking for the maximum amount of money. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they just don't have the cap space to offer Sessions a particularly lucrative deal. You have to assume that Sessions wants a multi-year deal, but the Lakers might not have the money to create a tempting offer.
What is he worth?
The worth of Ramon Sessions has been a subject of debate in the Laker community. When he first came to Los Angeles, he created a great deal of excitement as he brought energy and speed to a position that really needed a boost. Unfortunately, Ramon struggled during the playoffs, which raised a lot of questions with the fan base. He is still young at 26 years old, but that is a precarious age. He may have some learning to do, but he might also be peaking.
I wouldn't be surprised if Sessions does not sign immediately. There are probably a few other teams that are interested, but he might not be the first option for various clubs. The top-tier point guards might need to sign their deals before teams turn to the next set of players. If teams get the players they want, Sessions might return to the Lakers and sign a multi-year deal. However, there might be a franchise willing to outbid the Lakers. At that point, Los Angeles will need to go with Steve Blake or shop for an inexpensive veteran.
The author grew up in Seattle and now lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys the rivalry between the Lakers and the Clippers, and all the drama that goes with being in the Southland. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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