Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 1:45 pm  |  74 responses

Cavs Trade Ramon Sessions to Lakers

Brian Windhorst reports that the Lakers have agreed to a trade Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a 2012 first-round pick for Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga. The Lakers certainly need the backcourt help, but is Sessions enough for L.A. to return to its Championship-winning ways? Weigh-in at SLAM’s trade deadline live chat: “Cavs send Ramon Sessions & Christian Eyenga for Luke Walton & 2012 Lakers first rounder. LAL gets right to swap ’13 1st rounder w/Heat pick.”

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Yes!!!! Luke is gone and we get backcourt help! Hold on I’m crying…

  • J-Shade

    It’s certainly an upgrade at PG. And Ramon will be a solid starter.

  • RunNGun

    Queue the Star Wars music…

  • EJ

    Trade for Beasley now. Fisher/Blake and MWP or something.

  • abaci

    Hes not CP3, but he will help

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Sessions is an undersized 2 guard masquerading as a 1.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow


  • anonymous

    so, LA gives up a 1st-rounder for sessions? hmmm, ok?

  • Mike From Spain

    sessions is just icing on the cake…. luke walton’s gone!!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    BS Taylor. He is as much a Point Guard as Jarret Jack, or Derrick Rose is. He is 6’4″. He would play the 2 if that was his position.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    i remember a few years ago, more than a handful of teams were trying to sign him. for some reason he decided to join the wolves, who just drafted 3 point guards in the 1st round.
    any doubt he WON’T be starting in the lakers uniform by April?

  • anonymous

    @EJ minnesota does not want nor need fisher, blake, or artest; no team does. Unless the lakers have some more early draft picks, they`re not going to be able to do much of anything else. Nobody needs to be bending over backwards just to please the lakers. Memphis.


    Wow, get rid of Luke, and then get Ramon? I’ll just hold my tongue. lol

  • T-Money

    jtaylor: he is but when you play next to kobe (or lebron or wade), you don’t need to do point guard-like things.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sessions is a quality player. Can run the pick and roll, which is Brown’s favorite play after the isolation.
    This is a big deal. A game closing lineup of Kobe, Sessions, Gasol, Bynum and Peace, is dangerous.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sessions can shoot, he can finish, he’s not afraid to fail. All the qualities he needs to play with Kobe.

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    Giving up a guy averaging like 1ppg for a guard good for 10 and 5 looks good to me. Got a feeling there’s another deal coming though.

  • Rainman

    Lakers shud definitely pull the trigger on the 3 team trade bringing in Beasley for Blake now

  • Rainman

    blake going to Portlant, Crawford to Min and Beas to LAL. As far as i knew, last night, it was almost a done deal…

  • Red Star

    Phil wasn’t around to protect Luke anymore as he considered him his son. Oh well so long Luke, thanks for the memories! What a sec the only memories I have of Luke is watching him on the pine. LMFAO! We’ll miss you dearly buddy!

  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    That’s gonna be a nasty fastbreak with Eyenga on the wing

  • golakeshow

    yes!We finally got rid of luke walton

  • Jae

    You guys are getting a nice point guard when he filled in for kyrie he put up more than 20 points more than once this season we wanted to keep him, but he wanted to stay too and probably opted out

  • hyperactive

    I didnt realize luke walton was still in the L. nba teams have too many players on their rosters who have no practical use and are unqualified for their jobs. Walton should not be getting paid to ride the bench and provide his teammates with moral support – that`s what cheerleaders and fans are for.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    JT, are you kidding? Do you remember his 24 assist game his rookie year? He’s most definitely a point guard, just put in a position where he’s needed to score. He’ll rack up assists on the Lakers.

  • AdamD

    I think that Sessions is quite a savvy player and will certainly help the Lakers out. Still, i don’t know if this puts them back in the championship hunt.

  • Otis

    So, um, what’s in this trade for the Cavs? It’s a steal for the Lakers — is Dan Gilbert bl*wing Jerry Buss or something?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    what’s the reason for cavs making this trade? i can see they don’t need sessions anymore (kyrie is a certified stud already, though the only other 2 guards they have are boobie gibson and anthony parker), but why do they want an overpriced walton?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    It does Adam. It does. Why wouldn’t they be? They are great defensively. Should be darn close to great offensively after this trade and hopefully snaggin’ Beas from Minny. They have every starter from their back to back championship years. Which BTW (people seem to forget) was the year before last. Kobe has proven that he hasn’t lost a step and has maybe gained a step since last year. Bynum is as good as he’s ever been. Gasol is who he is. They are the best at the PG position they have been since The Glove was rocking Gold. They are with out doubt Championship contenders.

  • anonymous

    The only potential valuable asset that the cavs got back was the 2012 1st-round draft pick which is what they wanted, I suppose. @albie how much is walton making? below MINIMUM I would think.

  • anonymous

    @LakeShow lmao.

  • bull22

    nice picc up

  • Luke


  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    walton is making 5.68 mil this year (2 year remaining on contract). so i’m puzzle why cavs would take this deal.

  • Steve

    this is not bad. they didnt have to blow up the team. lakers keep kobe, bynum n gasol and now they have a solid point guard and possibily get beasly to come off the bench…ill take it. btw…clippers are fading!!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    that 1st round draft pick from lakers will fall in the range of 20-25 (especially after the trade), and that’s what cavs want?

  • shawnkemp4prez

    For the first round pick, fools. Read.

  • AdamD

    No Doubt they are a good squad Lakeshow, and i do think that they probably have the best PF/C combo in the league and Kobe is Kobe. I mean i don’t know if i trust them to go the whole way ahead of say OKC, Miami or Chicago, i still see those guys slightly above. Championship hunt was perhaps the wrong phrase, because your right, they definitely have the chance. I would group them in with San Antonio, if things fall their way they could equally go the whole way.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This is a huge trade for LA. As insignificant as it seems, Lakeshow is prolly right. Sessions can run an offense, and he can play defense! Which is the biggest thing LA needed. If Bynum Gasol are healthy (Kobe plays through everything healthy or not) then there offense will be ok enough to win on defense. They just couldn’t do that with Derek Fisher.

  • anonymous

    @albie I guess that`s what they wanted? on the other hand, walton`s salary is a joke. @hyperactive you`re right. the cavs got a cheerleader for 5.68 mil.

  • neaorin

    I’m not mad about the deal, just disappointed that Eyenga didn’t work out in Cleveland. I wish Sessions the best and hopefully Coach Brown can make him play at least passable D in LA.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    nbk i’m like a 9th grade boy that just hooked up with a 12th grade, big boobed cheerleader right now.

  • anonymous

    although, this definitely improves la`s starting lineup, as any starting PG besides fisher would have done so, they still have no bench. Having a productive bench (ala dallas last season) plays a significant role when trying to go deep in the PO.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I don’t know anything about Eyenga besides he yams on mofo’s in the open court. Nice pickup also I guess. Unless they ship him out for Super Cool. Which would be ideal.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Haha I would be too. Watching Detek Fisher all year is like wearing the male version of a chastity belt

  • Rainman

    ^ well fishers jsut been traded, so u dont have to worry about that lol

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Rainman??? What?????
    nbk, lmao

  • Otis
  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Luke is gone. About time……Maybe Jim Buss knows what he is doing after all. LOL.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Dammit, your right Rain… I’m going to miss the hell outta Fish. It wasn’t his fault he is old and useless. Love that guy. Wish the Lakers got Beas instead of Hill. Whatever, can’t be picky I guess.

  • Rainman

    @ Lakeshow: Guess it didnt go down…but like i said as far as i knew as of last night, it was almost a done deal according to yahoo sports(u know, the site that gets all the inside info first? Guess it just didnt go down… can u imagine Beasley on that team? damn lol

    I guess Portland decided they’d rather have Flynn from HOU than have Steve Blake return huh?

  • Rainman

    OH shiz, u meant about fisher getting traded LOL, yeah, jsut reported by the guys at yahoo (again) HE was traded to Houston for Jordan Hill. They gave up Dallas’ first pick they got in the LO tradde as well.

    myy baaad haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Wow, I’m very very optimistic right now.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You should be BP!

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    ish just got real, the race out west just got a bit tighter, Spurs improved, Lakers got better. Playoffs are gonna be great to watch.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com NBA Head

    Wish we could’ve added Beastly though… neeed that bench scoring

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Agree. I want B-Easy in Purple and Gold. Maybe off season trade is happening.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    just cause a beasley trade make sense to the lakers doesn’t mean it make sense to the wolves. this isn’t NBA Live.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lakers finally got a point guard, we will be in 2nd place in the West, by the time the season is over. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T….. tODAAAAYYY JUNYAHH! Naw, I agree with Seed on this. Lakes will be 2nd. Unless the Clips are just nizz-asty.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    albie…. David Khan

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Nice pick-up for the Lakers. The Cavs did this trade for the pick – they are all about collecting assets. A pick in the 20-25 area of this draft can land them a good big like Fab Melo or even a worthy wing. Also, it was highly doubful that Sessions was going to pick up his player option just to be Kyries back-up another year, so the Cavs figured it’s better to get something in return for him. A believe it or not, Walton actually helps the Cavs avoid being under the salary minimum next year. And because it’s expiring, Walton will be a trade asset in 2013 for a team looking to cut salary. So really a smart move by the Cavs.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Man, can’t believe they didn’t go for Beasley.

    If they had Sessions/G-Lock/Beasley as their backup 1-2-3 that would have been a nice scoring trio to extend leads.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @LakeShow: you need to have point guards to trade with Kahn, which was Lakers’ problem in the first place

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @The NUPE: nice breakdown of the trade, especially on Walton, which was the part i didn’t get.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    albie we have a bunch of bottom feeding Point Guards… Oh yeah Khan likes slightly above abysmal point guards… Hmm makes sense.

  • Groves

    this is a huge steal for the lakers

  • http://soundcloud.com/rashadsultan rashado


  • Robz

    Kobe go to Bulls lolz

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    back to back 20 assists guy in his rookie year!!…. I HOPE this guy becomes the next super PG.

  • http://Www.achtamsterdam.nl Phil

    @albie…the reason he chose the Wolves two years ago? MONEY…the wolves had it, no one else did…and Kahn wanted to spend, hende the signing. It was dumb…but yeah, kahn was involved so.

  • seun

    Great trade for the lakers i still don’t think that they can beat the thunder or a healthy spurs but at least there better than the clippers. for the cavs they got a nice pick in the latter half of the first round and can draft a fab melo, moe harkless, austin rivers,james mcadoo evan fournier; i mean they have options with that pick to take someone that could be a solid contributor for this team down thee road or they can trade. I think this trade helps the lakers more but the cavs at least got a pick so everyone is happy.

  • Drig

    LA BACK IN THE MIX! Hell yeah. A PG that can actually defend. What I’m now interested to see is whether Kobe’ll work more off-ball now….

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Luke Walton’s lousy contract is now Dan Gilbert’s problem. Somehow, this feels right. LOL.