The NBA trade deadline has produced a few fireworks, one of the most interesting happening in Los Angeles. The Lakers have acquired point guard RAMON SESSIONS from Cleveland in exchange for its 2012 first round draft pick. L.A. will also get CHRISTIAN EYENGA, a second-year swingman while giving up JASON KAPONO and long-time Laker LUKE WALTON in the deal.
Sessions is exactly the remedy for what ails the Lakers at the point guard position. A guy with some scoring punch at the point (10.5 ppg this season) who is capable of breaking down a defense and can finish at the rim—something the Lakers have been extremely short on this season with Derek Fisher and Steve Blake at the helm. In addition, Sessions’ 5.2 assists per game average is likely to see a purple and gold boost with Kobe and twin towers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to now pass to.
However, the acquisition of Sessions has made Laker championship hero and former first round draft pick (1996) Derek Fisher expendable. Fisher was dealt to the Houston Rockets for forward Jordan Hill and a conditional draft pick at the deadline as well.
D-Fish…thanks for the memories, man. Father Time always gets the last say, unfortunately.
The Lakers (27-16, 3rd in the West) have certainly upgraded with this move. We’ll see how it translates later this spring.