AUGUST 8: The Knicks have officially signed Sessions, per the team’s press release.
JULY 28: The Knicks are in the process of finalizing a one-year contract with free agent point guard Ramon Sessions, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter link). New York has used just about all of its cap room and committed its room exception to Ron Baker, so Sessions will get a minimum salary deal, Charania confirms (via Twitter).
The Knicks have been on the lookout all month for a veteran point guard to act as a mentor for lottery pick Frank Ntilikina. However, a lucrative offer sheet for Tim Hardaway tied up most of the club’s remaining cap space, reducing its options. A report from mid-July had indicated that the Knicks were exploring trade options for a point guard, but had also reached out to Sessions.
Of course, in the wake of Kyrie Irving‘s trade request, there has been speculation that the Knicks could be a landing spot for the star point guard. Still, while New York has reportedly made the Cavs an offer, a deal between the two teams appears increasingly unlikely. Sessions certainly can’t match Irving’s star power or production, but he’s one of the more reliable veterans still available on the free agent market.
A 10-year veteran, Sessions has bounced around the league since being selected in the second round of the 2007 draft. After starting his career in Milwaukee, the point guard also spent time with the Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Lakers, Bobcats, Bucks, Kings, and Wizards.
Sessions returned to Charlotte – now the Hornets – for the 2016/17 season, but had one of his worst seasons as a pro, averaging a career-low 6.2 PPG and 2.6 APG in 50 games. The Knicks will be hoping the 31-year-old can rebound to his 2015/16 form, when he averaged 9.9 PPG and recorded a .473 FG% in Washington, serving as John Wall‘s backup and appearing in all 82 regular season games.
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