Michael Garcia - March 16, 2012
Update (2:25pm) The Lakers have now also shockingly traded away Derek Fisher, so much for keeping him fresh for the playoffs. Fisher goes to Houston for Jordan Hill.
The Los Angeles Lakers finally got the help they need at point guard, acquiring Ramon Sessions in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and only giving up two bench players and a draft pick in return according to ESPN.com.
Often injured and definitely overpaid forward Luke Walton, along with guard Jason Kapono head to the Cavaliers, along with the Lakers' first round pick in this year's draft. Christian Eyenga will head to Los Angeles as part of the deal. This move should instantly make Los Angeles better as the playoff push begins.
Sessions isn't a superstar, but the Lakers have been dying for a quick guard who can keep up with the formidable point guards in the Western Conference. Derek Fisher has been the heart and soul of the team, but he's just too old to keep up defensively, and that's been happening for years. Now Fisher can get some much needed rest for the playoffs when he's at his most clutch, and Steve Blake won't be called on to shoulder all the load backing him up.
Sessions is averaging 10.5 points and 4.2 assists this season, and has to be excited to get out of Cleveland, where they're struggling to stay within reach of the 8th playoff spot in the East.
Article by Eric Gray
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