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Morning tip: Market might be too hot to retain Ramon Sessions

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Morning tip: Market might be too hot to retain Ramon Sessions

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.

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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.

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.

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**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.

**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.

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**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.

**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.

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The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.