The Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday sacrificed the present for what team General Manager Chris Grant hopes will be a valuable part of the club’s future as ” Cleveland.com” reported that they completed a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers that sends reserve point guard Ramon Sessions to Los Angeles in a five player deal. Los Angeles will get Sessions along with second year forward Christian Eyenga and in return send Cleveland a conditional first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and veteran forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kapono. The move will most likely take the Cavaliers out of contention for the eighth seed slot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, as the team has now no backup at the point for rookie starter Kyrie Irving.
Sessions will give much-needed depth at the point for Los Angeles, a position they have looked to strengthen since the Association vetoed a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the club prior to the campaign. Sessions has been a key part of a Cavaliers squad that has been in the mix along with the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks for the final slot in the East. He has come off the bench and averaged 10.5 points. 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game this season.
Cleveland will get the Lakers’ first round pick in June if it is lower than number 14; which at this point looks pretty likely to happen. Walton has been sidelined by injuries throughout the campaign and has played in just nine contests this season. He has one year remaining on his contract said to be for $6 million. Kapono goes back to serve his second tour of duty with the Cavaliers, the much traveled outside shooting specialist was drafted by Cleveland in 2003 and played his first season in Cleveland. He becomes a Free Agent at the end of this season.
“ESPN.com” has reported that the Lakers then completed another deal before the Thursday trade deadline as they sent veteran guard and team leader Derek Fisher and the first round Draft pick they received from the Dallas Mavericks in the Lamar Odom trade to the Houston Rockets for third year center Jordan Hill to help boost their front-court. Hill, who was taken by the Knicks with the number eight pick in the 2009 NBA Draft has averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this year for the Rockets.