Originally written June 19, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Point guard Ramon Sessions will not exercise a player option to stay with the Lakers and will become a free agent, The Times has learned. Sessions would have earned 4.55 million next season but chose to test the market. Theres still a chance that Sessions will return to the Lakers by signing a contract, but theres no guarantee of it. Ramon has carefully considered this decision, said Sessions agent, Jared Karnes. 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 multi-year contract. Sessions, 26, started off well with the Lakers after being acquired at the trade deadline, averaging 13.7 points and seven assists as a starter in 23 regular-season games. He tailed off in the playoffs, however, his numbers dropping to 9.7 points and 3.6 assists a game and 37.7 accuracy. He had never been to the playoffs in four other NBA seasons spent mostly as a backup. He h...
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