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Ramon Sessions.... and other trade talk

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http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=5377055

Charlotte still needs a point guard and, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking, has expressed interest in Minnesota's Ramon Sessions.

So the Mavericks ultimately elected to part with Dampier's contract in this deal because the Bobcats were willing to reacquire Carroll, which removes $11.7 million in salary over the next three seasons from a contract Carroll originally signed with Charlotte in the summer of 2006.

One source close to the situation said that the Bobcats will consider keeping Dampier for the short term, instead of waiving him immediately, in case another trade opportunity presents itself.......

But if the Bobcats elect not to trade Dampier, they can release him at any point before the season and instantly wipe $13 million off next season's payroll. One source close to the situation said Tuesday that Dampier is unlikely to re-sign with the Mavericks, as one believed, in the event that he is waived by Charlotte or another team.

"You have to consider that contract is probably one of the most valuable contracts in the league," Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said. "The flexibility is the beautiful part of having Erick's deal, maybe not so much for Erick himself as a player, but for the franchise itself."

But sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Charlotte withdrew from that trade largely for two reasons: Calderon has a 10 percent trade bonus in his contract (which has nearly $30 million remaining over the next three seasons) and Bobcats coach Larry Brown was not in favor of the deal.

While Higgins insisted the deal wasn't agreed upon, the Raptors seemed to think it was. Chandler wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday night that his agent had told him the deal was done, while Evans thanked Raptors fans on his Twitter page.

"We could not be more excited to add Tyson Chandler," Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in a statement. "He is one of the most versatile big men in the league today. He gives our front line a defensive, shot-blocking, athletic punch we haven't had here in a while."

Ajinca joins the newly signed Ian Mahinmi on the Mavericks' list of project big men, while Charlotte prepares to either realize an instant savings of $13 million or offer around Dampier's contract to help find a point guard to replace New York Knicks signee Raymond Felton.

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Here's Sessions' career line per 36min: 14.8pts 6.9ast 1.3 stl 2.7tov

At first glance, he seems to be the kind of guy Larry Brown could work with: a young guard that needs to improve his ball handling some, but has already shown a knack as a facilitator. His numbers did drop some last year, but that could be chocked up to him getting less playing time than in previous years. He's not the kind of guy that you'd trade Dampier (or to be more exact, Dampier's unguaranteed contract) for, but at the very worst he'd be a lateral move from Felton. I'd be all for acquiring him.

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Here's Sessions' career line per 36min: 14.8pts 6.9ast 1.3 stl 2.7tov

At first glance, he seems to be the kind of guy Larry Brown could work with: a young guard that needs to improve his ball handling some, but has already shown a knack as a facilitator. His numbers did drop some last year, but that could be chocked up to him getting less playing time than in previous years. He's not the kind of guy that you'd trade Dampier (or to be more exact, Dampier's unguaranteed contract) for, but at the very worst he'd be a lateral move from Felton. I'd be all for acquiring him.

He is a downgrade from Felton and I thought Felton was an average starter at best.

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He is a downgrade from Felton and I thought Felton was an average starter at best.

The stats show otherwise. His PER in the only year he got considerable minutes was almost 18, higher than anything Felton has ever done. His per 36min are right in line with what Felton has done, and Sessions is a higher percentage shooter than Ray. Felton might be a better defender, but Sessions is a better offensive player when given the chance to be.

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Although, the guys over at Rufus on Fire that are supposedly "in the know" say this is a smoke screen for the media or a secondary deal. Hmmmm......

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He is a downgrade from Felton and I thought Felton was an average starter at best.

LOL.

No.

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The stats show otherwise. His PER in the only year he got considerable minutes was almost 18, higher than anything Felton has ever done. His per 36min are right in line with what Felton has done, and Sessions is a higher percentage shooter than Ray. Felton might be a better defender, but Sessions is a better offensive player when given the chance to be.

Will have to disagree. Sessions cannot shoot the 3 ball at all (not that Felton was all that good at it), he isn't a great defender, and he couldn't crack the starting lineup in Minnesota over a rookie midget PG.

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Please no to Ramon Sessions.

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and yes to Shaun Livingston. Livingston > Sessions

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and yes to Shaun Livingston. Livingston > Sessions

I would agree with this and I think Livingston has some serious issues (e.g. his knees). Sessions is not an upgrade over DJ. I would rather let Larry Hughes run the point all year.

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Didn't Livingston start at point for the rest of the season after Gilbert was suspended?

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Will have to disagree. Sessions cannot shoot the 3 ball at all (not that Felton was all that good at it), he isn't a great defender, and he couldn't crack the starting lineup in Minnesota over a rookie midget PG.

Yeah but Sessions once told his cousin's uncle's mother that he thought of attended Duke, so we could claim him as a Dookie and that would gives us 3 of them.........hip hip hooray :P:D

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