The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking to upgrade their point guard rotation ever since the NBA nixed a potential deal for Chris Paul back in December. While Derek Fisher and Steve Blake have both been improved lately, the team could really use a penetrating point man to break down opposing defenses.
The Lakers have also gotten solid play from rookie Andrew Goudelock, but he is more of a scoring combo-guard than a guy who can run the point.
With that in mind Los Angeles has been pursuing Cleveland Cavaliers’ backup point man Ramon Sessions, who is likely to be traded by the Cavaliers before the NBA’s March 15 trade deadline.
The 25-year-old Sessions started 38 of the 81 games he played in for Cleveland last season, averaging 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. So far this year, after being pushed into a reserve role behind rookie Kyrie Irving, he has averaged 24.9 minutes, 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
However, in four starts this year he has avearged 17.8 points and 11 assists.
Sessions has a $4.55 million player option for next season that he probably won’t exercise, which is why Cleveland will try to trade him before the deadline, instead of running the risk of losing him for nothing.
The Lakers would likely use the trade exception they earned by shipping Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks to make any deal for Sessions happen, but its not certain what Cleveland would want in exchange for the backup point guard.
Another guy Los Angeles has been pursuing in recent weeks is veteran guard Kirk Hinrich. If the right deal came along the Atlanta Hawks would be willing to part with Hinrich, who missed the first month of the season after shoulder surgery.
The 31-year-old Kansas product has been solid in a backup role since returning, and his contract is up after this season. That means the Lakers wouldn’t be putting a lot of cash on their docket for the future. He would be a short-term upgrade that they could cast loose after the season.
With how improved the play of Fisher and Blake has been over the past few weeks, the Lakers may actually decide not to part with any assets to acquire point guard help. If they could get Sessions and possibly work something out to keep him around for a while, that might be their best option. He’s only 25 and can clearly do some things at the NBA level.
But don’t expect Los Angeles to give up one of its first-round picks or someone with Goudelock’s potential in exchange for a short-term rental.