After arriving in Los Angeles at the trade deadline and exciting the fans with his inspired play, Ramon Sessions had quite a drop-off towards the end of the season and into the playoffs, and it just got worse in the second round series versus the Oklahoma City Thunder – during the series, Sessions totalled 15 assists and 11 turnovers.
Mike Brown put most of it down to this being Sessions’ first playoff run, according to the Los Angeles Times:
“With this being Sessions’ first playoff run,” Brown said, “I felt at times he was a little lost or he was just kind of out there going through the motions.”
Sessions now has a decision to make – does he exercise the player option he has right now so he is guaranteed to return next season, or does he opt-out of his contract and test the market? That seemed to be the plan a number of weeks ago, but maybe things have changed now since his performance drop-off:
Sessions said he had not decided whether to exercise the player option he holds for $4.55 million next season and become an unrestricted free agent.
“It’s a decision I have to make I think by June 20 what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’ll sit back and reflect and go from there. I don’t really know yet.”
The thing is, do the Lakers want Sessions back now? Maybe they have another plan up their sleeve? Sessions can force his way back to Los Angeles by taking the player option, or take his chances in the free agent market. We’ll have to wait to see which direction he decides to take.