From Chris Sheridan:
The waiting and wondering is finally over for restricted free agent Ramon Sessions, who agreed Friday to sign a four-year, $16 million offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
A source told ESPN.com that the paperwork on the deal was being processed Friday morning. After Sessions signs, the Milwaukee Bucks will have seven days to match the offer, which they are not expected to do.Sessions’ name had been linked with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers throughout the summer. But New York was unwilling to guarantee more than one year — which would tie up the Knicks’ coveted cap space for the summer of 2010 free-agent market. And Los Angeles made a trade last month with Minnesota to acquire Sebastian Telfair as the backup to Baron Davis.
In Minneapolis, Sessions would compete for minutes with rookie Jonny Flynn of Syracuse, the sixth pick of the draft who was elevated to No. 1 on the Wolves’ point guard depth chart after efforts to acquire Ricky Rubio’s rights from the Spanish club DKV Joventut failed earlier this week.
That put the Timberwolves in the position of scrambling to find another playmaker, and the 23-year-old Sessions was the best option on the free-agent market after he and his agent, James “Chubby” Wells, decided weeks ago to hold off on committing to the Knicks in the hope a new opportunity would arise.
Unclear, though, is how the addition of Sessions for at least the next three seasons would impact Rubio’s status with Minnesota.
K.A. is running TrueHoop today, and had some thoughts on Sessions with Minnesota:
In some respects, this gives Minnesota an opportunity to see how two natural point guards operate in tandem. The Timberwolves have arguably the league’s most impoverished backcourt. Their guard rotation currently consists of two rookies — Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington — as well as Chucky Atkins and Bobby Brown. Sessions would immediately become the Wolves’ best guard and would likely be slotted alongside Flynn in the starting lineup, giving the team two expert ballhandlers in their first unit.
As Sheridan points out, Sessions will be under contract with the Wolves for three seasons, and possibly a fourth if he picks up his player option in 2012-13. Meanwhile, the franchise has a team option on Flynn for 2011-2012 for $3.4 million.
Is a Sessions signing a harbinger that Rubio is a lost cause for Minnesota, or could the Wolves feasibly go with a dynamic, three-guard rotation on opening night 2011 of Flynn, Sessions, and a 21-year-old Rubio, each averaging 32 minutes per game?