The Charlotte Bobcats are finishing up a deal for free agent point guard Ramon Sessions, further improving their quest to have the deepest backcourt in the NBA.
Well, that was until they rescinded their qualifying offer to guard and former first round draft pick D.J. Augustin.
According to a report earlier this afternoon from the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, the Bobcats are in fact closing in on signing Sessions and have taken back their qualifying offer for Augustin.
D.J. Augustin was drafted ninth overall by the Bobcats in the 2008 NBA Draft. His departure from Charlotte could be a “black eye” for Rich Cho in his early going as the team’s general manager. Apparently the Bobcats were in discussions for a possible sign and trade scenario with Augustin, a move that would have at least given Charlotte some assets in return. Instead, they let a former lottery pick walk away without getting anything (players/future draft picks) in return.
News of Ramon Sessions joining the Bobcats helps ease the pain a little bit. Sessions was taken in the second round in the 2007 NBA Draft out of the University of Nevada. He spent the first part of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before he was dealt via trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. The 6’3” point guard started 19 regular season games for the Lakers, averaging 12.7 points and 6.2 assists per game. In the playoffs, Sessions started in all of the Lakers seven games. Once the season ended, Sessions opted not to take his 4.5 million dollar player option for another season with the Lakers. The decision made him a free agent, thus why he is now becoming a Charlotte Bobcat.
The reported acquisition of Sessions will surely fuel a battle on the court between he and current Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker come training camp. From the outside looking in, it appears that Sessions would have the edge for the starting spot purely based on his size and experience.
The Bobcats still need to address their frontcourt issues going forward in free agency. They desperately need to improve in the post and at this point, the signing of any free agent post player would be good news for Bobcats fans.