August 16, 2014

Breaking: Ramon Sessions Traded to Lakers for Future Draft Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms to exchange point guard Ramon Sessions for a 2012 first-round draft selection. Also included in the deal are Cleveland’s Christian Eyenga and Los Angeles’ Luke Walton and Jason Kapono, all players being forwards.  The pick obtained by the Cavaliers will be protected within the top-14 selections.

Sessions had averaged 10.5 points and 5.2 assists for the Cavs this season. Eyenga had averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in six games. Kapono has tallied 2.0 points per game while Walton averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in nine games and is slated to make $6.1 million in 2012-13.

As things currently stand, the Cavs will enter the 2012 draft with four selections, two first-rounders (including the Lakers’ pick) as well as their second-rounder and one obtained from the New Orleans Hornets, via Miami, included in the trade for LeBron James. In 2013, the Lakers obtain the right to swap with the Cavaliers’ first-round selection obtained from Miami in the same deal.

This deal is first reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

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  • Drumnbass

    I liked Sessions, but to be at the level of a consistent NBA championship contender, we need draft picks and build around Irving.

  • mgbode

    Ginobli, Parker, DeAndre Jordan might be soon (2nd round), Arenas (2nd round), Boozer (2nd round)Tiaggo Splitter has been solid rotation guy.  Lots of talent still around if you are smart

  • 71-S

     It is also one of the deepest NBA drafts coming out.  We should have a pick in the 8-14 range and 20-28 range.  If we are really enamored with a player we could package these picks to move up into top 5.  A good move for a team that is rebuilding

  • mgbode

    2008 draft was solid gold in the 20s:

    21 Ryan Anderson*
    22 Courtney Lee
    24 Ibaka*
    25 Nicolas Batum*
    26 George Hill
    even Darrell Arthur(27) and Koufos(23) have been solid rotation guys
    *indicate possible future allstar talent

  • Jack

    oops, that seems more overkill now than i wanted it to

  • floydrubino

    This is a great move for the Cavs to be able to get this done. I am not a huge fan of Grant but he played this right and waited for the Lakers to have to give up the pick. Sessions obviously wasn’t going to be here next year. Now seeing how hard it is to get picks think about how quickly we would trade Tristan Thompson for the #4 pick in the draft. This shows how badly the Cavs whiffed on Tristan.

  • mgbode

    2007 not quite as goodJared Dudley, Wilson Chandler, Daequan Cook, Afflalo, Splitter – all solid

    2006
    Kyle Lowery*Rajon Rondo*
    2005
    Maxiell, David Lee*, Mahinmi, Kleiza, Jack - all solid guys

    2004
    Kevin Martin*, Delonte West, Tony Allen

    2003
    Diaw, Perkins*, Barbosa, J.Howard, Delfino, Outlaw

    2002
    Prince*, Krstic, Salmons

    2001
    Gerald Wallace*, Tony Parker*, Dalembert, Tinsley

  • Lyon25

    how does any of this show that they whiffed on Tristan?

  • mgbode

    how can you not like Grant?  he got us the Clips #1 pick last year unprotected.  now he gets us another 1st rounder for a player who was leaving and a possible upgrade on our likely late 1st rounder in 2013 too?

    yes, we would trade Tristan Thompson for the #4 pick in the ’12 draft.  But, the ’12 draft is MUCH better than the ’11 draft, so I’m not sure what that matters.  Who is the guy we should have taken at #4 last year?

    I wanted Jonas-V, we’ll see if he even comes over next year.
    Kawhi Leonard has played okay.
    Brandon Knight or Shumpert to play SG is folly IMO.
    Markieff Morris may or may not end up being better than TT.
    Kenneth Faried is a slightly less athletic version of TT.
    Marshon Brooks – maybe but wasn’t considered that high last year.

    Chandler Parsons – really one of the gems out of last years draft. I prefer Budinger on Houston, but Parsons was a 2nd round pick who has taken the starting spot there at SF.

  • Ritz

    Great trade for both teams.

    Sessions was gone after this year most likely, for the chance to be a starter. So instead if another month of him we get a 1st round pick and depth on the wing, not bad at all.

  • 216DieHard

     Absolutely love this trade.  I am so happy to see our upper management understands who we are now and understands where we could go in a few years.  This is clearly a long run move with some juicy upcoming drafts.  Kutos Cavs.

  • Steve

    I would argue that was a smart move for the Cavaliers. If this season was locked out, there was a chance the draft would be ordered based on record in the past 3 or 5 seasons, which would have ended up with Cleveland picking after Miami.

  • floydrubino

    The reason I don’t like Grant is for picking Tristan and being a part of the Danny Ferry era when they did the Shaq signing and drafting nobody outside of Kyrie that is worth anything. I think he did a good job here but it was not rocket science waiting for the Lakers to cave in for their 1st rounder. But I will give credit where credit is due and he did sign sessions.  He did the deal to get Kyrie which is good. He completely wasted the #4 pick last year which is a big deal and I know it was a weak draft. We would still take the #4 pick even in last years so matter what year we would have done it. He could of picked one of these guards whose ceiling is way higher than Thompson’s or we could of tried trading it or we could have taken Brandon Knight and then traded him later. It was a difficult draft last year for sure but he just picked a player that should have been picked at least 10 spots later. If he has a good draft this year than I will feel better about him but whose to say he won’t whiff on this next draft.

  • floydrubino

    You can’t tell that he is average at best.

  • mgbode

    your Brandon Knight love blinds you.

  • floydrubino

    In last years draft your right I do like Brandon Knight. The reason why is because in last years draft there were a couple good players in draft and that’s it. Brandon Knight had the most bargaining power because if someone needed a point guard they might make a trade and if they don’t we have a very good back court for the future because he can play the 1 or 2 guard. Like I have said before I had Klay Thompson ranked higher but I would understand the pick for either one but the Tristan Thompson pick is a joke. I will say this over and over that you don’t pick guys because you have to you pick the most talented players available and it doesn’t matter in any sport it’s the same thing. I would of been happier taking Gordon Haywood in this spot or even like 3 or 4 more guys because their ceiling is so much higher than Tristan’s.

  • mgbode

    Brandon Knight is not a SG.  He needs the ball in his hands, he’s not good enough of a shooter and he’s too small to effectively guard other SGs.

    Klay Thompson would have made some sense.  He is more ready now and is at a position (SG) that we need more now.  But, I argue that his floor is higher than TT, not his ceiling.

    if we wanted a guy that was more ready but with a lower ceiling as a big, then we would have picked Markieff Morris.  we went high ceiling but more of a project by picking Tristan Thompson.

  • Jaker

    Tristan Thompson is 20 years old. Maybe we should give him some time to develop his game before we label him a bust? Just sayin…

  • floydrubino

    I couldn’t disagree with you any more. Rodney Stuckey is a point guard and detroit still drafted knight. Brandon Knight would have been more attractive to trade because of his versatility of being a 1 or 2. You are wrong about him being a point guard only because he is a gun and doesn’t like to distribute the ball. Yes he is small for a sg but I don’t care because you always pick talent over needs unless you are loaded with talent already and you need one specific thing. The fact that you think Tristan Thompson is any thing more than a 7th man on a good team speaks volumes about your ability to assess talent. There were no good big man in this years draft in the top 20 picks. It’s just a fact and you can’t just pick a guy that is no better than JJ Hickson when there are 20 point a game future scorers that are right there to pick. No matter what you write you will not convince me that Tristan Thompson is nothing less than a horrible pick at #4. If we picked him at anything past the 15th pick it would have been a decent pick. Klay Thompson is head and shoulders above Tristan Thompson as far as talent is concerned.

  • floydrubino

    Yeah develop into a role player that will never be an all pro.

  • Rogersturdivant7005

    I think lakers need another strong man to help bynum that is not scared to battle under the rim. We new 2 new good towers under the rim. Bynum and someone else.