George Karl is about to take over as head coach of the Kings, and he’s now got one of his favorite players from his Denver days. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings and Wizards have swapped backup point guards:
The Wizards had been looking for an upgrade on John Wall’s backup, reportedly sniffing around the likes of Norris Cole in the days leading up to the deadline. Sessions isn’t spectacular, but he’s serviceable in limited minutes, which is what the Wizards need him to be.
Miller was totally expendable for Washington, having fallen out of the rotation in favor of Garrett Temple. He was playing a career-low 12.4 minutes per game, averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 assists. It will be interesting to see how the notoriously cranky Miller, who didn’t take kindly to having his role reduced in Denver, will react to a midseason trade from a playoff contender to a lottery team. But Karl loves Miller and reportedly pushed hard to trade for him in the last week since landing the job, so he’ll definitely see some minutes. It’s a good move to help the coach get comfortable in his new job.
The Wizards showed interest in trading for Jameer Nelson, which isn’t surprising given the state of affairs behind John Wall in Washington.
Andre Miller is losing playing time to Garrett Temple – a sign that both the 38-year-old Miller isn’t engendering much faith from Randy Wittman and the Wizards need another backup point guard.
David Aldridge of NBA.com:
Ramon Sessions was reportedly available, but that was before the Kings hired George Karl.
Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:
The Wizards can fit Sessions into a trade exception, but would take them over the luxury-tax line. Sessions probably isn’t worth that cost.
If they can get Sessions without surrendering much or paying the tax, the Wizards probably would. But given Karl’s faith in the point guard, it would probably take more.
Getting by with Temple and Miller isn’t the end of the world. Besides, Wall can play heavy minutes in the playoffs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have made two major trades since the start of the season, and they might have one more move to make. Buried in this week’s NBA power rankings, Yahoo’s Marc Spears drops this nugget on the Cavs:
Knowing they are a Kyrie Irving injury from more trouble, the Cavs are working to acquire a veteran point guard.
The good news is that, unlike when they were searching for a rim protector with limited options, there are plenty of veteran point guards who could come available. The recently waived Jordan Farmar and Nate Robinson are both options. The Kings would probably be willing to part with Ramon Sessions. Ditto the Magic and Luke Ridnour. None of those players would really move the needle all that much for Cleveland, but if they’re looking for another body to protect against an Irving injury, there are guys out there.
But, of course, Kyrie Irving getting hurt probably does end the Cavs’ title hopes, which are shaky as it is. With LeBron James and Kevin Love struggling to fit together, Irving’s perimeter scoring is a much needed weapon. Take that away, and things get even dicier than they already are. Hopefully the Cavs don’t have to find out.