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Wizards to help Cavs' championship chase with Dudley? No


Wizards to help Cavs' championship chase with Dudley? No

It's trade season, and "interest" such as what the Cleveland Cavaliers have with Jared Dudley will be in the air. But the Wizards moving their best three-point shooter to enrich the No. 1 team in the conference? Extremely unlikely.

Dudley entered the night shooting 45.9% from three-point range and was 2-for-2 midway through the third quarter vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. He was acquired by the Wizards in a trade this summer for virtually nothing (via trade exception).

What could the Cavs possibly give them back in return considering his $4.25 million salary for 2015-16?

Timofey Mozgov, Richard Jefferson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova or Mo Williams? 

Only Mozgov is a possible match 1-for-1 salary-wise, Dellavedova is too valuable for Cleveland's backcourt and the other three don't do much to help the Wizards at all -- plus their salaries don't match so it would take a combination of them.

The only team being helped here by such a deal would be Cleveland, which doesn't have first-round draft pick to give up and would be foolish to give up one for a role player anyway.

It's one thing for a rebuilding team like the New York Knicks, who made a mid-season trade last year to get them Iman Shumpert and Mozgov, to send Cleveland assets.

It's another for the Wizards, who believe they'll eventually be able to get back into the playoff picture, to do their conference rival a solid even with Dudley becoming a free agent after the season.

Take away Dudley from Washington's lineup, who is the stretch four? Kris Humphries started there but the ball doesn't move as well with him in the lineup and he's still out with a right knee injury. Drew Gooden can't play starter's minutes.  It's like rumors about trading Nene. If the Wizards were to do so, they'd have to get someone back who does what he does because no one else on the roster can duplicate it.

Dudley stays. When the Wizards lost a game last week and were fed up with what was going internally, it was Dudley who called the players-only meeting. 

They value this as much as what he does on the court. Names will be floated and calls will be made, but it's going to have to be an offer that's extremely compelling to move get the Wizards to part with Dudley. 

MORE WIZARDS: Dudley 'disappointed' in lack of invite for 3-point shootout

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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.


**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.


**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.


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.