Found 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...

Lakers G Sessions won't exercise player option

Los Angeles Lakers guard Ramon Sessions is declining his player option for next season to test free agency. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday he wishes Sessions had picked up the $4.55 million option for next year, but the club will still make an effort to sign the point guard. Sessions took over as the Lakers' starting point guard shortly after they acquired...

Lakers' Sessions opts fo free agency

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, 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...

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Ramon Sessions opts out of Lakers contract to test free agency

Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard Ramon Sessions has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract to test free agency, according to the L.A. Times: “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 [...]

Report: Former Cavalier Ramon Sessions will opt out of Lakers contract

Back in March the Cavaliers traded PG Ramon Sessions to the Lakers for a 2012 first-round draft selection which turned out to be pick number 24. Also included in the deal are Cleveland’s Christian Eyenga and Los Angeles’ Luke Walton and Jason Kapono. Kapono was bought out of his deal. Walton’s contract expires at the end of next season. Sessions has a player option for next...

Pau Gasol Not Root of Lakers' Problems, But That Hardly Matters Amid Trade Rumors

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Jim Buss: Don’t expect major changes for the Lakers

Once the Lakers were bounced from the playoffs in the 2nd round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, most people believed that it was given that major changes were on the horizon. Pau Gasol has routinely been rumored to be on the trade block and just yesterday, Ramon Sessions decided to opt-out of his contract and become a free agent. So it seemed that the wheels were already in motion...

Sessions opts out of LA, will test free agency

Heading into this season, the Los Angeles Lakers' glaring weakness was at point guard. LA tried to make a deal with the Hornets to acquire Chris Paul but we all know how that just became a debacle when the NBA stopped the deal from going through. In the end, the Lakers made a deal with the Cavaliers to acquire Ramon Sessions which was a huge step up from guards Steve Blake and...

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