According to tweets from the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding, the Los Angeles Lakers went into the trade for free-agent-to-be Ramon Sessions knowing that he could possibly opt-out of his deal and that they would be put in a position to give him more money and years if they were to retain him this summer.
Ding spoke with Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak and it looks like that is what the Lakers plan to do.
Sessions' struggles in the postseason have to be a cause for concern for the Lakers. As they sit back and watch Derek Fisher play for his sixth championship ring by doing the things that veteran guards like Fisher do, Sessions did the exact opposite in two rounds of the playoffs. Sessions shot only 37.7% from the field and saw his numbers drop across the board as his first playoff appearance turned into one he'd like to forget.
But Sessions' regular season was solid throughout so maybe he's worth a little more than his $4.55 million option.
Just a little more.
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