Guess what? Ramon Sessions finally signed an offer sheet. Most of you probably already knew that, just as most of you already know that Milwaukee isn’t likely to match the offer. So, what’s the point? Why state the obvious? Because, the impact goes further than Minnesota adding another point guard this offseason (although that only makes three on the roster, one of which is Chucky Atkins) and Milwaukee banking on Brandon Jennings to grab hold of the point guard spot from Luke Ridnour.
To begin, this move marks another in a seemingly countless string of point guard transactions made by Minnesota this offseason. What exactly is Minnesota planning to do after all of these moves? To start, they drafted three point guards (Rubio, Flynn, Lawson, in that order), traded one away immediately, never was able to sign another one, and the other has been nothing but content despite all of the frenzy surrounding him.
Now, moving beyond the whole Rubio fiasco, the next move the Wolves make is to bring in another point guard. How exactly are they planning to use both Sessions and Flynn on one team? I assume that they will play both at the same time, utilizing their adept ball handling to keep the offense from becoming stagnated. It will probably look similar to the Cavaliers’ lineup from last season, sporting Delonte West and Mo Williams on the court with one another. When Flynn or Sessions take a break, the other will assume the duties until the other comes in as the reliever.
So, is it settled? Not even close with the Rubio situation looming in the coming years. If he ever does leave Spain, I’d imagine that Minnesota would still be interested in his services. I think that Kurt Rambis can turn the other cheek and embrace Ricky and everything he brings with him if he ever decides to cross the Atlantic. If he does come over, what kind of system will effectively employ three point guards, each theoretically capable of running the offense independently of one another?
At this point, Minnesota seems incapable of making a move that doesn’t raise eyebrows our encourage questioning. Be that as it may, the move still leaves me questioning the motivation of Milwaukee, which always seems to be in the purgatory between contending and rebuilding. The Brandon Jennings era is more gloriously real than ever, but is nothing if not a signal that the future is certainly more pertinent than the present. Luke Ridnour is certainly a steady presence if at all unremarkable for the Bucks who have seemingly been shopping or fielding requests for Michael Redd since they gave him that giant contract a few years back.
The Bucks letting Sessions go is troublesome. Here is at the minimum a flashy player with a potential to become a prudent scorer. So, quite naturally, the Bucks have tried to cut all ties with him. But maybe the Bucks aren’t trying to become the most unwatchable team in the NBA with this move, which is about the only way I can justify them letting Sessions go but bring the unproven Jennings in to replace him. Perhaps, they are trying to slowly creep their way towards flashiness, one position at a time.
I also can’t help but notice that Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings can’t seem to cut any ties that they have together. They seemed destined to forever be intertwined with one another in some cosmic karma for them both being young, arrogant, and flashy point guards. Even here, Brandon Jennings is crowned the future, so Sessions is allowed to walk. Minnesota, who were just dumped by Rubio, found the replacement or stop gap measure by signing the man who is being replaced by Jennings. Not that the signing had anything to do, but it makes for some weird coincidence.
And what NBA story isn’t complete without a little bit of Knicks involvement. Long rumored to be the eventual destination of Sessions, New York has revealed their true intentions, which, incidentally, we knew all along. New York, now headed by the European wonder Mike D’Antoni, have a system in place that is suited to point guards who like to get out and run. Ramon Sessions strikes me as a point guard who would prefer to get out on the fast break and make something happen offensively. New York was in a position to spend some money, and Sessions was in a position to take some money. Perfect match?
I guess not. What was New York’s reasoning? Well, they offered him a one-year deal, not wanting to tie up money beyond this coming season (2010 implications?). Sessions, not being a fool, realized that the economy makes a multi-year deal financially prudent, so the New York offer didn’t live up to expectations. Since New York wasn’t willing to part ways with their dream free agent scenario, the two never were able to join together.
That makes me wonder about the doomsday scenario for New York at the end of the 2010 offseason. They have put all of their eggs into that basket, hoping to snag at least one of the free agent stars, maybe two if they are fortunate. They refuse to see any other scenario than landing either LeBron, Bosh, Wade, or Amar’e, or any combination of those. Let’s call it stubbornness. They have passed up an opportunity to possibly improve this season for hopes of winning the lottery next season, possibly dooming any chance of legitimately competing this season.
That is not even mentioning the weird Clippers interest in Sessions. Los Angeles has a very expensive point guard in Baron Davis, but then why the interest in Ramon? Why invest so much effort in a backup point guard when the starter is considered one of the better ones in the league? I mean, I am all for making your team as deep as possible, which would certainly justify the move. But this combined with the expressed interest in Allen Iverson have me questioning the motives of LA. They seem to want an able scoring guard despite already having two in their starting lineup (Eric Gordon and the aforementioned Baron Davis). Needless to say, I just can’t comprehend what the Clips are thinking at this point.
I suppose the thing that is most troubling me about the whole situation is that all the teams involved are questionable franchises. Milwaukee, Minnesota, Los Angeles, and New York have all been below average in recent seasons, while contending teams are nowhere to be found in the rumor mill. Sessions seems more than capable of coming off of the bench and providing some sort of instant offense, maybe not on a microwave level, but still is capable of heating up. Teams like the Hornets or the Spurs, with no notable backup point guard that can help win games like Sessions seems capable of doing, at least to some microscopic effect.