Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/19/12
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 had until Wednesday to decide on his option. Free agency begins June 30 at 9 p.m. The Lakers acquired Sessions from Cleveland on March 15 for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, under 1 million in cash and a first-round pick that turned out to be 24th overall. The Lakers also received seldom-used forward Christian Eyenga in the trade. The Lakers now have only one point guard under contract next season. Steve Blake has two more years and 8 million remaining on his deal. Darius Morris took the unusual step of signing a one-year deal as a rookie and is a restricted free agent after playing only 19 games with the Lakers. Sessions suggested he would not exercise his one-year option in an April interview with The Times, hoping to work out a multi-year deal with the Lakers after becoming a free agent. I want to be here. I dont know what that means or how thats going to happen, he said at the time. It aint no secret. Ill tell anybody that. I tell Mitch Kupchak. I tell my agent. I want to be here. Period. For a long time. Sessions has been with three other teams in his NBA career Milwaukee, Minnesota and the Cavaliers. --Mike Bresnahan
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