The recently acquired Cavaliers' guard Ramon Sessions was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2007 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played two years there, the first backing up Mo Williams and subsequently becoming bff's with him, and the second in a breakout campaign where he averaged 12.5 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game during the 08-09 season. From there he signed with Minnesota, and his numbers fell off some playing behind Jonny Flynn last season (8.2 / 3.1 / 2.6 in 79 games).What does any of that mean for Cavs fans though? Or more specifically, what can Cavaliers fans expect from Ramon Sessions both next year and the years to come? I wasn't sure, so I sent a couple emails out asking those questions.
I checked in our friend College Wolf from the T-Wolves Blog, as well as Frank from the Milwaukee Bucks Blog Brew Hoop. Their thoughts on Sessions from following him over the last three seasons are are below.
I know, it’s very early to bring out pre-season rankings, I know. Hear me out though; it’s right around eight weeks until the season begins, and in the following eight weeks yours truly will be bringing you such memorable blogs as:
- Ranking the West
- 25 pre-season predictions
- 10 players to watch out for in 2010
- Sophomore’s set to avoid the slump
- MVP Race
- 10 potential funny in-season story-lines
There’ll be a mailbag thrown in I hope, and a few general observations no doubt, so now is definitely the perfect time to rank the Eastern conference – because let’s be honest, if I don’t do it now I won’t ever get the time with my hectic blogging schedule and could you really live without your pre-season Eastern conference rankings from me? I’m just looking out for you guys. So without further ado… no comments
I can't help but look at the timing of these recent stories that have surfaced this week surrounding LeBron James and his "camp" and think that this is only the tip of the iceberg. I say timing because I can't help but watch these guys fall on their face and wonder if stories like these are surfacing now because the real people who actually did the heavy lifting in the cultivation of this "chosen one/king james/next Mike" image are no longer involved in the process. The Cavaliers organization and the Cleveland media are no longer there to protect and shelter the public portrayal of LeBron James. That job rests squarely and completely now on the shoulders of Maverick Carter, who is doing the best job he can. Which is an awful one, and his only client on the planet is being himself publicly hurting matters.
I'm not even talking about the debacle that was 'the decision' or the three hour 'clowning LeBronfest' that was the ESPY's either. I'm talking about this week. You know, the week it seemed things could only get better for the image of this guy who went overnight from the king, to the prince of Wade County. Only things didn't get better this week in the image department, actually they got much worse. And while I never sat next to Darren Rovell in marketing class, I gotta think this isn't the way you go about creating the brand of a global icon...all do respect to the marketing genius of Maverick Carter and company.Anyways, this first example almost isn't really their fault - aside from the fact that they turned they're back on their hometown. But this billboard is now up two miles from LeBron's house:
Just after 9pm Monday night Brian Windhorst confirmed that the Cavaliers trade for Ramon Sessions did go through via twitter:
"Cavs have traded Delonte West & Sebastian Telfair to Minny for Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins & future second round pick. Second round pick Cavs get in deal is for 2013."
On this trade, I did want to add to a few things to what I posted earlier on Monday.This isn't a blockbuster trade. This is a trade for Ramon Sessions. It is a significant move in part, though, because its not like the transactions we've seen over the last few years. As compared to acquiring a big name player with a huge contract on the downside of his career, this time the Cavaliers landed a solid young player, with a moderate price tag, on the upside of his career - hopefully.
The days of four player blockbuster moves at the trade deadline, and off-season swaps for the Shaquille O'Neal's of the world are over around here. Also on hiatus are the types of desperate to win now transactions that brought in the big contracts of guys like Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams as well, and you can count me as a guy who's glad for that. I think it's healthy for this Cavaliers organization to have the opportunity to operate with some sense of normalcy and control over the direction they plan to take this team.There's only so many big swings you can take, and if you continue to make moves for the sole purpose of convincing a guy who never wanted to be here in the first place to stick around a while longer, well you'll end up right here. That's not to say that I didn't personally applaud each and every move they made back when they made them, because I completely did, but it is more to say that right now I am looking for silver linings. What do you want from me, I'm trying to be positive.
Rick over at Waiting For Next Year asked me a few weeks ago to jump on board with those guys as a weekend editor, and I made my debut of sorts over there this weekend.
In the event your interested, I posted a couple of the while we we're waitings, as well as the links listed below:
Check them out if you get the chance, and also check back in with us here at Stepien Rules throughout this week.
Here's hoping your Monday gets off to a great start.