Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/19/12

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions decided not to exercise the option on the final year of his contract, and will test the free-agent market, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Tuesday.

"Ramon has carefully considered this decision," said Sessions' agent, Jared Karnes, in a statement. "He had to make a career decision and ultimately decided to do what was best in providing stability and longevity for him in the NBA, and this could only be achieved through a multiyear contract."

The Lakers acquired Sessions, 26, at the trade deadline from the Cleveland Cavaliers to replace the 37-year-old Derek Fisher, who was dealt to the Houston Rockets.

Sessions averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds on 47.9 percent shooting from the field and 48.6 percent shooting on 3-pointers in 23 regular-season games with the Lakers.

However, Sessions averaged just 6.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 35.3 percent in the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City.

Sessions was scheduled to make $4.55 million next season if he had opted to accept the final year remaining on his contract. Free agency begins July 1.

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