Everyone in the Cleveland fan base seems to have it as a forgone conclusion that Ramon Session's time in Cleveland is nearing an end. He has been a fantastic surprise at how good he has been, and we all thank him for sticking and fighting through a tough couple of years in Cleveland.
So, if the Cavilers front office is going to shop Ramon, what are his potential landing places?Off the bat we can eliminate any team with a quality point gaurd. This scratches the Nets, Celtics, Knicks, 76ers, Raptors, Bulls, Pistons, Pacers, Bucks, Hawks, Heat, Magic, Wizards, Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Thunder, Blazers, Warriors, Clippers, and Suns.
We are left with the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings, and Charlotte Bobcats. We then can eliminate any team that is rebuilding, as they are going to be more interested in stockpiling picks than taking on a serviceable point guard. No offense to Ramon, but he isn't going to be the piece that a franchise can build around. So this leaves us with the Lakers and Jazz.
People have already talked about the options available in a trade with Los Angeles. That horse has been beaten so much, someone should call the cops about animal abuse. But as a recap, straight up, Cleveland could receive a low first round pick this year and maybe another second or protected future first rounder. They might be able to squeeze out players like Andrew Goudelock, Devin Ebanks, or Darius Morris. Nothing to particularly make someone salivate with excitement.
So, what does Utah have to offer? You can see here, that they have access to multiple recent first round picks. And when someone glances over the roster, their are a few interesting pieces that stand out. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are locked in as the starting and minutes heavy PF/C combo, so young and talented players like Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are stuck in a logjam for playing time. It is likely that they would be pose a solid upgrade over just about every current Cavs big (I am looking at you Mr. Hollins), with the exception of the Wild Thing. They also have a a fairly young and promising young wing player in C.J. Miles that plays quality defense and could be an upgrade over players like Casspi.
So, with everyone assuming that Sessions should begin packing his bags to Los Angeles pretty soon, the question stands. Would a trade with Utah make more sense? Utah currently is suffering through the abysmal play of Devin Harris and the ancient Earl Watson as their ball handlers. Sessions would at least be a quality backup PG for the contending Jazz and infuse some energy into the team for the home stretch of the tight Western Playoffs race. It is more likely that he would be better than Harris, and possibly take the Jazz to another level. Frankly, the move makes sense for the Jazz.
So, could a potential trade for Minnesota's first round pick this year, and either Kanter/Favors/Miles for Sessions be best for the Cavs? I personally would prefer any mutation of this trade over any package that the Lakers can come up with.
And, I hate the Lakers. But that is irrelevant right now.
What do you think?