By: Ross Geiger
It was reported at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and now it’s confirmed, the Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in two Minnesota Timberwolves players that are being shopped this offseason. While big man Kosta Koufos is one of the Cavs targets, the most notable is point guard Ramon Sessions.
The former 56th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft turned heads his rookie season after being called up later on into the 2007-2008 NBA season. Against the Chicago Bulls on April 14, 2008 Sessions made franchise history with the Bucks scoring 20 points, dropping 24 dimes, and even snatched 8 rebounds. His incredible night not only became the first “20-20” with points and assists in Bucks history but Sessions also set (and still holds) the rookie assists record for one game with 24.
In his second NBA season, Sessions looked to build upon his successful rookie season and took over the reigns as the starting point guard in Milwaukee after Mo Williams was traded to Cleveland. The highlight of Sessions’ second year came on February 7, 2009 as he put up 44 points against Allen Iverson and the Detroit Pistons in an overtime loss at home. Another notable game was against the Los Angeles Lakers in which Sessions recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Becoming a restricted free agent after the 2008-2009 NBA season, Sessions signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves on 4 year, $16 million dollar deal. The Milwaukee Bucks declined to match the offer and Sessions officially became a member of the Timberwolves. Little did Sessions know, the Timberwolves would draft three point guards in last year’s upcoming draft in Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, and Ty Lawson. Though Timberwolves General Manager David Kahn did trade away Ty Lawson, he held onto Jonny Flynn and the draft rights to Ricky Rubio.
Instantly it was clear that it would be hard for Ramon Sessions to be a piece of the Timberwolves’ future going forward. Fortunately for both Ramon
Sessions and the Minnesota Timberwolves it looks as though his time in Minnesota is coming to end shortly. Not only did the Timberwolves sign free agent (and Sessions’ former backcourt partner in Milwaukee) Luke Ridnour but it looks as though the Wolves might have found a trading partner in the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As far potential trades go, I have no clue what could be included in a package deal between the two teams. One would have to assume if the Cavaliers acquire Ramon Sessions that could mean Mo Williams could also be moved soon as well. One deal that works and makes sense in my opinion is Minnesota sending Ramon Sessions and Corey Brewer to Cleveland in exchange for Anderson Varejao.
For the Cavs, adding Sessions gives them a young point guard to run with that also allows them to begin their trading options with Mo Williams and what they possibly could receive in return for his services. As far as Corey Brewer goes, he’s an expiring contract who would be given a opportunity to play that small forward position with the Cavs next season.
For the Timberwolves, they add Anderson Varejao, a high energy power forward who can help fill the hole with Al Jefferson leaving via trade with Utah. Being able to start Kevin Love and having the luxury to turn to Varejao off the bench gives Timberwolves Head Coach Kurt Rambis options next season.
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