Back in May, 2008, we featured a little series called “Re-Sign or Release” where we went through every player on the Cavaliers roster and turned to the readers to see what they would do if they were the general manager of the Wine and Gold and – hypothetically, of course – all of the players were up to have their respective contracts renewed.
Same hypothetical this time around: We’re looking to build for the future; all players are restricted free agents, likely requiring a bit of a pay raise from last season. Do you re-sign them? Andrew has already laid out the roadblocks currently facing the Cavaliers in 2011; now it’s your turn. Vote below and leave your support in the comments.
Arbitrarily, just like in 2008 when we started off with Delonte West, we kick of this year’s series in the backcourt with the first-year Cavalier Ramon Sessions.
2010-11 Salary: $3,964,320
2010-11 Recap: The 25-year-old point guard played in 81 games during the regular season, starting in 38 – both figures are one-shy of his career marks. But where Sessions eclipsed his career marks are in his points per game, field goal percentage and free throws attempted.
Sessions had occasional bouts with brilliance, leading the team in PER, but also forced an occasional facepalm due to likely-avoidable turnovers at various integral points within the game. His defense left a little to be desired, and things got a bit erratic once Baron Davis arrived, but there were many games this past season where Sessions would be the only member of the Cavaliers who would attack the rim on a consistent basis and be the guy to have the ball in his hands during crunch time.
There are questions as to whether or not Sessions can succeed in a situation where there are a power forward and center combination already clogging the lane. However, due to Byron Scott’s point guard-driven offense, there is a strong contingent of fans who would like to see “Sesh” get the reigns for the longterm.
The Cavaliers will likely look at point guard in the upcoming draft; Duke’s Kyrie Irving continues to top many draft boards in the Cleveland area. Regardless, Sessions has age and skill on his side. Acquiring Sessions was one of GM Chris Grant’s first transactions in his current role, but is thought by many to be an ideal first guard off of the bench.