Ramon Sessions has been a score-first option behind John Wall since he was acquired in a deal before the playoffs last season, and now that the point guard recaptured his early-career form he'll likely be too expensive for the Wizards to retain when he hits the open market.
At least, that's the expectation. Sessions averaged 9.9 points, his most since 2013-14, 2.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds as he played in all 82 games. He also started the last five games of the season when Wall was out with a swollen right knee. Sessions shot 47.3% from the field, his career-high for accuracy.
When the Wizards sent Andre Miller to the Sacramento Kings to acquire Sessions late in the 2014-15 season, he'd shot just 34.4%. He was miserable there, in part because of a lower back strain, and of course, it's Sacramento.
Sessions proved an invaluable backup and ended up having to start in the playoffs when Wall broke his left wrist in the East semifinals and even won a game vs. the Atlanta Hawks to keep them competitive.
This season, Sessions flourished in a faster-paced offense that made better use of his strengths. Defensively, his coverage of the pick-and-roll wasn't always sufficient but the Wizard didn't play well defensively as a unit, either.
What made Sessions' acquisition such a nice move for the Wizards was his salary ($2.1 million per year) allowed them to keep salary-cap flexibility and actually acquire a bigger trade exception ($400,000).
With the cap going from $70 million this season to about $93 million for 2016-17 -- and factoring in Sessions' bounce back -- the 30-year-old probably will be looking to maximize his earning power going into his 10th season. That means a multi-year deal for about $7 million-$8 million for each.
Sessions can only be a backup with Wall in D.C., so that might be too big of a pricetag but he finally gave the Wizards a legitimate spot starter off the bench if Wall had to sit.
If the Wizards can come to terms on a buyout for 2012 pick Tomas Satoransky with his European club, who could probably be had for less, then that's preferred. At 6-7, he's projected to play both guard positions.
Still, Satoransky, who by all accounts is NBA quality based on his performances in the Spanish ACB (second-best league in the world), hasn't been proven on the NBA level. And if he doesn't pan out, a backup for Wall is one of their top three priorities going into free agency that begins July 1.