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Knicks pursue Sessions; get rights to J-Will

Posted on: July 31, 2009 10:41 am
Edited on: July 31, 2009 3:48 pm
Ramon Sessions is expecting offer sheets from the Knicks and Clippers, with New York the favorite to land the Bucks' restricted free agent.

Sessions' agent, Chubby Wells, has exchanged proposals with both teams over the past few days and anticipates closing the deal with one of them as early as Friday. The Bucks, who already gave up their rights to restricted free agent Charlie Villanueva earlier this summer, are not expected to match the offer sheet, according to a person familiar with their thinking.

UPDATE: Before getting involved with Sessions, the Knicks are focusing on Jason Williams and have been granted an exclusive, five-day window to negotiate a deal with the unretired point guard, Yahoo! Sports reported. Williams, 33, must navigate a minefield of beaurocracy after filing retirement papers last September, only a month after signing a one-year deal with the Clippers. L.A. relinquished its exclusive rights to negotiate with Williams last week. Any team wanting to acquire those rights would have to claim Williams off waivers first.

Hakim Warrick, whose qualifying offer was withdrawn by Memphis as a precursor to moving him in a sign-and-trade or clearing his $6 million cap hold by rescinding his rights, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks, according to NBA front office sources. The Cavs and Sixers also were in pursuit of Warrick, a 6-9 forward who averaged 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds for Memphis last season. Milwaukee's decision to draft point guard Brandon Jennings with the 10th overall pick also signaled to rival executives that the Bucks would be unlikely to match offer sheets for Sessions. The Cavs, meanwhile, have made a contract offer to Celtics free agent Leon Powe, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which says Powe is ahead of schedule in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery.

Another consideration for the Knicks reportedly is Allen Iverson, 34, who would accept a one-year deal at the $5.9 million mid-level exception, thus preserving precious cap space for next summer. Sessions, 23, would require a multi-year offer sheet, but is younger and less risky than Iverson. But a person with direct knowledge of the Knicks' plans squashed any notion of A.I. coming to New York with the following description of the Knicks' interest in the future Hall of Famer: "Zero."


Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:57 am

Knicks pursue Sessions; get rights to J-Will

I watch every buks game and i think Sessions is better than Redd.

Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2009 7:55 pm

Knicks pursue Sessions; get rights to J-Will

Sessions is a very young talented player who will be in the NBA a long time. He can score and dish out assists. He was very valuable to me in winning two fantasy basketball championships last year. I will try n draft him again for this season. He will go high in the fantasy draft this year. he can play ball and thats why the Knicks and Clips want him.

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2009 4:55 am

Knicks pursue Sessions; get rights to J-Will

I like what you're saying but he isn't a big guard, the guy is 6-3 190.

Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2009 3:01 am

Knicks pursue Sessions; get rights to J-Will

Ramon Sessions will be a perfect player to pursue for the New York Knicks because he will flourish in their up-tempo style of play. He racked up the assists on a Milwaukee Buck squad, can you imagine him playing at a faster pace, maybe "ten seconds or less" rule. He is a big guard that can rebound for a player at the one position and passes the ball efficiently. He is also efficient offensively. The only flaw for him is maybe shooting that three ball. He will be great for any team, however if he was to go to the clippers,whom they are trying to pursue, he will most likely get a bench role. Either way, Sessions will be effective, but he is clearly a starter, and I do greatly question why Scott Skiles always benched this guy for Luke Ridnour. Similar to the role of Lamar Odom coming off the bench. These kind of players are natural starters that can shine if put out to be, but sometimes fall victim to the role of the bench. On the other hand, Sessions will get a raise no matter what, which is a deserving plus on his side. In my opinion, I think the aging Jason Williams will be injury prone to the New York knicks style of play, but he can help them on the flip side.

Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 3:21 pm

Sessions expecting offer from Knicks, Clips

In his (vastly shortened) rookie season he broke the Bucks record for assists in a game (24) and single handedly performed the best end game play I've ever seen against the Wizards.

He followed that up with a 40+ point game against the Detroit Pistons and a triple double. He can perform a variety of roles, and would be a great asset for any team to pick up.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:58 pm

Sessions expecting offer from Knicks, Clips

Anybody played Fantasy basketball knows -- Session is great, only below CP3 as a point guard.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:05 pm

Sessions expecting offer from Knicks, Clips

Yes, with a coach that isn't too busy having children with women besides his wife to know his players Sessions would be better. He's already had a 40 point game and a triple double, and quickly became a fan favorite in Milwaukee...which explains why the GM doesn't want him.

Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2009 1:59 pm
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Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 12:12 pm

Sessions expecting offer from Knicks, Clips

I heard an interview with Buck GM John Hammond and it sounded like (even though he didn't say it) that the Bucks would match any reasonable offer for Ramon Sessions.  He stated that more often than not negotiation with restricted free agents on your team didn't start until other teams started making offfer.  I think the Bucks see Sessions as part of their future with the team a lot more than they ever did with Charlie Villanueva.  I for one am glad that he is gone.  He didn't play defense and was up and down as a scorer on a team that desperately needed consistency.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2009 11:32 am

Sessions expecting offer from Knicks, Clips

Warrick is the last guy on my list of potential pick ups for the Cavs. He's the kind of athletic presence that they need to add immediately. Without the larger athletic players the Cavs will get disappointed again next year. Warrick can fill a void...

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