Ramon Sessions can put a happy ending on the Rockets’ offseason of woe.
The Rockets leapt out to an early lead, only to fall flat on their faces before the end of free agency. They signed Trevor Ariza to a deal, but seemingly let every other free agent slip through their fingers. Luckily, previous free agencies have been kind and yielded Dwight Howard and James Harden. Their starting five is playoff worthy. Starting fives may get teams into the playoffs, but they don’t get them into the Finals. Depth does — that’s what the Rockets are hunting with Sessions.
Sources say there is mutual interest between Ramon Sessions and the Rockets. There have been sign-and-trade talks, but nothing is imminent.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 25, 2014
After Linsanity, Jeremy Lin was bound to disappoint. And he did, but it didn’t mean he was a bad player. Thus his departure leaves a hole at point. He is better than the point guards that are now on the roster in Patrick Beverlry, Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan.
Sessions may not be a standout defender, but he is a well-tooled distributor and scorer that is a smooth operator of the pick-and-roll. The 28-year-old averaged 10.5 points per game, 3.7 assists per game in 23.7 minutes per game with Charlotte last season. When given 32.8 mpg with the Bucks, he bumped his stats to 15.8 ppt and 4.8 apg.
The incentive is there for all three parties to get the deal done. Sessions gets signed for a contract above the minimum after waiting a great deal of time without interest. He would fit nicely as the Rockets’ backup point guard. And the Bucks get a return out of the guard’s departure.
But they’ll have to jump through hoops to get to that point. In order for the Rockets to afford Sessions straight up they would have to use bi-annual exception, which they were likely hoping to holster until next summer. To avoid that, they need a sign-and-trade with the Bucks. However, the Rockets and Bucks are well over the roster limit of 15 player — and both teams have 15 players with guaranteed contracts — so it will get confusing for both teams if they begin adding players.
Sessions is best thing available for the Rockets — and perhaps the Rockets for Session. But he won’t come easy.