On Friday, Sessions was signed on for what is expected to be another playoff run after the Wizards, currently entrenched in the race for the fourth or fifth seed in the Eastern Conference standings, agreeing to a fully guaranteed deal for the remainder of the season.
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The Wizards’ commitment to Sessions could indicate just how long Wall is expected to remain out. After undergoing left knee surgery on Jan. 31, Wall has been sidelined for six weeks. Although he has progressed to participating in offensive drills with teammates, Wall has not played in a five-on-five scrimmage — which would be his final step before returning to the court.
The Wizards have signed point guard Ramon Sessions for the rest of the 2017-18 season following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed. Sessions, 31, has played in five games for the Wizards this season with averages of 7.2 points and 3.4 assists. He spent 13 games with the Knicks previously this season before first signing with the Wizards on Feb. 23. He signed his second 10-day contract on March 5.
The Wizards were only permitted to sign Sessions to two consecutive 10-day contracts per league rules. They had to decided at the end of the second deal whether to sign him for the rest of the season or release him to free agency. “His reputation is amazing and rightfully so. He showed me and the staff that he comes and does his job every day,” head coach Scott Brooks said. “He was more than deserving of the opportunity to stay here all year.”
Candace Buckner: Ramon Sessions on if he expects his 2nd 10-day contract to be different: “It’s one of those things that I’m ready to go if they need me to go. If I sit for another 10 days, it’s nothing that I’ve got grudge on my shoulder or anything. But if they call me, I’ll be ready to go.”
Washington Wizards: Roster Update: We have signed Ramon Sessions to a second 10-day contract.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on the end of Ramon Sessions’ current 10-day contract: “When he doesn’t play, it’s not a knock on [him]…If he doesn’t play tonight we still have to make a decision. We have a day. We don’t have to sign him tonight. We’ll talk about it after the game.”
David Aldridge: Wizards sign veteran guard Ramon Sessions for second tour on a 10-day contract (@Adrian Wojnarowski first); will join team after tonight’s game in Cleveland (8 pm, @NBAonTNT). Should be available for Washington’s game Friday vs. Charlotte.
Ramon Sessions has 10 years of service and will earn $131,562 on his 10-Day Contract in Washington. Sessions is still earning $2.3M from his contract with the Knicks. The Wizards will have a $83,129 cap hit on Sessions and $147K in additional luxury tax penalties. Washington saved $2.4M in tax penalties at the trade deadline when Shelvin Mack and cash ($687,389) were sent to Atlanta. The Wizards current tax bill is $6.7M.
Candace Buckner: Can confirm. Sessions has been staying in shape while working out in his home in Atlanta. Very familiar with the team and several players. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
After a season in the China Basketball Association, guard Ty Lawson has emerged as a serious candidate for a deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are still considering several point guards, including Derrick Rose, Briante Webber and Ramon Sessions, league sources said.
Washington has expressed interest in signing Derrick Rose or Ramon Sessions, who played as John Wall’s backup from 2014-16, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Wizards’ front office has had recent conversations with Rose’s representation and has remained in contact with Sessions’s camp since he was waived by the New York Knicks in mid-January.
Washington remains more than $3 million over the luxury tax line, so the team will likely not engage in a bidding war to land any player. Before this season, Rose signed with Cleveland for the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million while Sessions agreed to a one-year, fully guaranteed $2.33 million deal with New York.
Ian Begley: NYK GM Scott Perry on Ramon Sessions, who was waived to make room for Trey Burke: “We thank Ramon for being a consummate professional & providing this team with veteran leadership. He is incredibly well respected throughout the organization & we wish him the best moving forward.”
The New York Knicks will waive point guard Ramon Sessions on Saturday to make room to sign G League guard and former lottery pick Trey Burke, league sources say. Burke, the No. 9 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, averaged 26.6 points per game on 49 percent shooting this season for the Westchester Knicks, New York’s G League team.
Trey Burke will reunite with University of Michigan teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. It is unclear, though, how Burke would fit into the Knicks’ rotation as Jack and Frank Ntilikina have taken the bulk of the minutes at point guard. The club has lost 10 of 13 and enters play Saturday three games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Sessions began the season as the starting point guard but fell out of the rotation after an 0-3 start, replaced by veteran Jarrett Jack. New York is only responsible for $300,478 of the remaining salary owed to Sessions with the NBA picking up the remaining $857,270, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Through Saturday, Sessions had earned $1,170,904 out of his $2,328,652 salary. His full $1.47M salary will stay on the Knicks’ salary cap. The club’s decision to waive Sessions was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Keith Pompey: The #NewYork #Knicks will request waivers on Ramon Sessions later today, according to a league source. With a guaranteed contract, the reserve PG will continue to get paid the rest of the season. He signed a one-year this offseason. #NBA
New York’s current starting point guard, Jarrett Jack, is the only Knick on a non-guaranteed deal. His contract will become guaranteed if he’s not cut by Jan. 7 because it takes a full 48 hours to clear waivers (the guarantee date is technically Jan. 10). Among the other 14 players on the roster, point guard Ramon Sessions would be the most likely waiver-wire candidate given his small contract and lack of playing time.
Knicks formally announce the signing of Ramon Sessions. League sources say Sessions’ deal is for one year at the league minimum.
Shams Charania: Sessions, Knicks have agreed on a one-year, $2.3M minimum deal, league sources tell The Vertical. twitter.com/ShamsCharania/…
According to a source, the Knicks are among a multitude of teams that have inquired about 31-year-old Ramon Sessions, who played for Charlotte last season.
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets won’t make it official until midnight, in case some trade comes up, but they will NOT pick up Ramon Sessions’ option.
Rick Bonnell: Spoke to an NBA source who confirmed the Hornets would have to exercise Ramon Sessions’ option before trading him. Too bad.
Barring an extreme change in circumstance over the next few days, Sessions will either be traded or become a free agent. It’s sensible for the Hornets to wait until the deadline to inform the league of their intentions, in case Sessions’ contract could be included in some trade.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Ramon Sessions. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. A native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sessions returns to Charlotte, where he previously played from 2012-14. In addition to Charlotte, the nine-year NBA veteran has played for Milwaukee, Minnesota, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento and Washington. He has appeared in 613 total games (142 starts) with career averages of 10.9 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
Keith Pompey: PG Ramon Sessions gets 2-year deal to go to Charlotte in free agency. He received interest from #sixers, but they had yet to make an offer.
Jeff Zillgitt: Headed to Hornets on two-year, $12.5M deal, per person with knowledge of the deal.
Rick Bonnell: Ramon Sessions could be an option as @Charlotte Hornets backup point guard. How he finished last season: washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-i…
Sessions averaged 17.6 points and 9.6 assists in 32.1 minutes per game in the starts. He shot 55 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from three-point range. He posted three double-doubles – his first three since April 2014 – and Washington went 4-1 with him conducting. Now the 30-year-old Sessions, an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to become a full-time starter. “In this league everybody wants to be a starter,” Sessions said recently. “For me, my whole career’s kind of been that backup role, which I’ve been fine with. But at the end of the day, I do want to be a starter. I just feel like these last few games, I’m out here to show that. If somebody needs me to start, I can do it.”
Priority Sports & Entertainment has signed Washington Wizards guards Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple. Founder and CEO Mark Bartelstein will represent them. Temple was formerly represented by Performance Sports Management and Sessions by Allegiant Athletic Agency. “Ramon is doing well in Washington and I expect great things for him in the future,” his former agent, A3’s Jared Karnes, said in an email.
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is targeting a return to action on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, the team’s next opponent, league sources told ESPN. The two-time MVP will have his right ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday. If the evaluation reveals enough progress and there are no unforeseen setbacks from this point to Friday, the sharpshooter intends to play after missing the past five games, sources said.
Marc Gasol said he will have questions about the direction of the team after the offseason. How will you reassure him that Memphis remains the best fit for him at this stage of his career? Chris Wallace: Marc is having a terrific career here, both individually – being a multiple All-Star, being defensive player of the year, the All-NBA recognition. And he’s had tremendous team success. So, I don’t think one off year from the team success side tarnishes what he’s achieved or necessarily is going to be the norm going forward for the Grizzlies. This happens to all sorts of teams, where you have not as good a year as where you expect to be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump right back in and be successful again next year and that’s what our goal is. And he’s a big part of that.
Shumpert is almost certain to opt in for next season. Having dealt with foot and knee injuries, this is not the time for Shumpert to test free agency when he has $11 million guaranteed for next season, even if he’s not a part of the Kings’ long-term plans. I’m intrigued by what Shumpert might add. He’s only 27 and has shown he can play in pressure situations, having been a part of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team. Shumpert will be motivated to show the rest of the league he is healthy and that he can play a key role on a team.
Donatas Urbonas: Gudaitis confirmed he met with Cavaliers representatives in Milano. They invited Gudaitis to work out in Cleveland upcoming summer. Gudaitis told his priority is National Team and FIBA 19 qualifiers. But if everything is ok with the schedule, he’ll come to Cleveland
Now that you’re in New York, this is a totally different market. How have you felt about the way the city has embraced you? Michael Beasley: Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything better. For the city and fans to embrace not only the way I play but who I am as much as they did – it feels great to be able to be yourself and be accepted. I thank the city forever for that. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t win as much as we wanted to this year.
Players like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have talked about that anxiety. Do you think that has helped others be more open with their own struggles? Michael Beasley: Hats off to those guys, man. More people than you think go through that. I go through it. It took me awhile to realize it because we’re raised to believe that it’s an embarrassing thing. It’s definitely inspiring for them to be honest about what they are experiencing. They opened up the floodgates, they opened up the doors, for the next great NBA player or even the next great scientist. The next shy kid with anxiety can break out of their shell because of this.
I watched your interview with Taylor Rooks on SNY where you talked about parenting your daughter, painting your nails. I thought that was super cool. Michael Beasley: [Laughs] Listen, man. I lost my hood card because I’ve got paint on my nails, bro. So that’s good to hear. My four-year-old will be five in April. Not much will change in those years. I think it’s cool. People should be themselves no matter what anyone says and how it feels. Just be comfortable with being yourself.