Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/15/12
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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Lets get this out of the way first: The Cavaliers loved Ramon Sessions. They loved his professionalism, his performance, the way he handled backing up the prize of their future, rookie point guard Kyrie Irving. They also liked how Sessions averaged around 18 points and 11 assists while starting in the four games Irving missed. Ramon did some good things for us, said Cavs general manager Chris Grant. Well cheer him as he moves on. Except when he plays against us of course. Grant spoke from the Cavs practice facility Thursday, when they shipped Sessions and little-used swingman Christian Eyenga to the Lakers for a 2012 first-round pick, as well as forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kapono. Walton is 32-years old, has had some back issues, and fell out of favor with defensive-minded Lakers coach Mike Brown. So Walton has only played in nine games this year. Kapono, 31, is talented perimeter shooter who may or may not fit into coach Byron Scotts rotation. But neither Walton nor Kapono were the reason this deal was made. The real bottom line was the fact Sessions can opt out of his contract at seasons end -- and the Cavs had to be fearful of losing him for nothing. Besides, what they really wanted in this deal was the first-round pick. That gives them two this year, as well as the right to swap their second first-rounder (from Miami) with the Lakers in 2013. That pick isnt protected, either. For those confused, here's the short version: The Cavs get to flip their least desirable pick in 2013 with the Lakers. Obviously, Ramon had an option at end of season, Grant pointed out. I know theres 13 teams with significant cap space this summer. Hopefully, he plays well. For us, it was pick certainty. So the Cavs will now begin their search for Irvings new backup, at least for the season. Theyll scan the waiver wire and D-League, and see what develops. For now, veteran Daniel Gibson will handle the role. Meanwhile, Sessions should become the starter with the Lakers, who dealt veteran Derek Fisher to Houston to create some room. So it will be Sessions, truly a pros pro during his one-and-half seasons in Cleveland, lining up next to Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as the Lakers aim to make a run another title. And if Sessions continues at his current pace, well, you never know. He was darn good in his role with the Cavs this year, making leaps as an outside shooter and distributor. He may be exactly what the Lakers need. Im excited, Sessions told FOX Sports Ohio of his arrival in Los Angeles. The Lakers are rich in tradition, talent and success. Im very appreciative theyre giving me the opportunity. As excited as Sessions is about the move to the Lakers, hes equally appreciative of his time in Cleveland. He will always be grateful for the fans, the city and the organization, said Jared Karnes, Sessions agent. It was special for him. But while both sides part ways with a bit of sadness, this move makes the most sense for the Cavs in the long run. They received something valuable for the valuable player they lost, especially when you consider they could have lost Sessions for nothing over the summer. And that counts for a lot. We continue to create and keep our flexibility, Grant said. We to keep as much flexibility as can. Right now, the Cavs have plenty as they enter the next phase of the franchise. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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