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GM For the Day: Ramon Sessions

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You are Ed Stefanski for the day. Your hands aren't completely tied by ownership, they'll let you shell out some money, if the player can make a difference. Here's the question, do you go after Ramon Sessions at this point? Pros, cons and discussion after the jump.

First, some background. Sessions was stuck on the bench in Milwaukee, behind Luke Ridnour, if you can believe it, until late January. He started the final 35 games of the season, in those games he average 33 minutes a night, 15 points, 7.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 5.5 trips to the line, 1.3 steals and only 2.4 turnovers. He shot a decent 45.2% from the field, and 80% from the line to go along with the better than 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. In short, he played a very, very effective point.

If we're looking for more things to add to the pro list, he has good size for the position (6'3", 190 lbs), he played very, very good defense last year (according to 82games.com, he held his man to 13.7 in their defensive metric. Andre Miller, on the other hand, allowed 18.4). If you put any weight in Alan Hahn's reporting, the Knicks thought on Monday they could get him on a deal that would pay him $4M this season, and decrease by 8% next season. That's not a huge financial outlay for a player of this caliber. Of course, Hahn's source pretty much made him writer the blogosphere's equivalent of a retraction of the post a day later, so take his numbers with a grain of salt. Still, we're nearing in on September and Sessions is still sitting out there with nothing more than a qualifying offer of $1M on the table. You have to think he could be had.

Now, the cons. The guy simply cannot shoot. I mean, Andre Miller hit more threes last season than Sessions has hit in his career. His eFG on jumpers last season was a pitiful 37.6% (worse than Iguodala's 38.8%). Signing him basically puts a halt to the Lou Williams experiment, and could stall Jrue's ascent to the starter's spot. Also, signing Sessions to a two-year deal at below-market value would be nothing more than a stopgap. If he played his two seasons in Philly and continued to improve, the Sixers would not hold Bird Rights when he becomes an unrestricted free agent two summers from now. He'd walk, and there would be nothing the Sixers could do to prevent it.

The list of cons is actually pretty short, but there are some key flaws in there. I'm not quite sure what I'd do if I was Ed Stefanski at this point (and I was allowed to spend a little bit of money). What would you guys do? Sign Sessions? If so, why and for how much? If not, why not?
by Brian on Aug 26 2009
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