Lakers Rumors: Is LA Better off Without Ramon Sessions?

Tuesday, Sessions opted out of his player’s option for $4.55 million next season to become an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers can still re-sign him but will have to compete with offers from around the league. They also retained his “bird rights,” meaning they will have the first chance to offer him a deal come July 1.

Sessions could be testing the market for a higher offer, or simply is trying to encourage the Lakers to pony up contract with longer term. He has publicly stated that he likes LA. "I want to be here. I don't know what that means or how that's going to happen,” adding, “for a long time.”

Ramon Sessions provided a much needed boost for the Lakers down the stretch, as they fought for a playoff berth. They acquired him from Cleveland at the trade deadline where he averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists in 23 regular-season games but dropped off dramatically in the playoffs.  

Los Angeles Times writer Mike Breshahan allays any panic by writing “it's only a breakup right now, and not officially a divorce.”

LA could prove to be Session’s best option. But is Sessions best option for the Lakers?  

He proved this postseason that he wasn’t the panacea to the Lakers’ title hunt.  However, he could be the best affordable option.



 The Lakers, with at least five more players to sign to meet minimum roster requirements and already toeing $7 million above the luxury tax threshold, will be absolutely handcuffed financially while shopping for replacements. They can, at best, afford a deal for $3 million dollars, $2.3 million under the league average. At that rate, they couldn’t even afford to sign good old Luke Walton.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak told the LA Times that “both sides have to absorb some risk. I'm not quite sure if he's comple...

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