Alright, Lakers! Way to regroup and put a decent-looking team together. The Lakers have traded forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kapono in order to acquire point guard Ramon Sessions (YES! A GOOD point guard!) and forward Christian Eyenga from the Cavaliers. Oh, they also traded their 2012 first-round draft choice to the Cavs. LA is taking some heat for that one, but I’m not too worried about it. It was a solid trade. Sessions was worth it (maybe not Eyenga, but definitely Sessions.) I managed to find one writer who agrees with me. Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN wrote,
“ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst reports the Lakers have acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cavs in exchange for their first round pick in 2012. The Lakers will also receive second year wing player Christian Eyenga, and in addition to the pick will send out Luke Walton and his Everlasting Gobstopper contract to Cleveland.
This, people, is a very, very good deal, for the following reasons:
Sessions is a major upgrade for the Lakers at point guard. He’s averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists per game in only 24.5 minutes. To this point in the season, L.A.’s PG’s have averaged 12 points a game as a group, the lowest figure in the NBA. Needless to say this sort of production makes a huge difference. More importantly, he has a skill set badly needed by the Lakers, namely an ability to run the pick and roll, penetrate from the wing, and finish from the basket.”
To read the rest of this ESPN article, go here.
Needless to say, I’m pretty intrigued to see how the rest of the season plays out. Yes, yes, this might mean more bench time for LA guards Derek Fisher and Steve Blake… and I can only hope so. Their COMBINED shooting average makes me sad. Buckle up, Ramon. It’s time to turn this season around!!