If you’re one of those Blazer fans who want to see Portland sign Ramon Sessions this off-season, here is some good news. From Tom Enlund of the… *deep breath* Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (phew) comes news that the Bucks are looking to make ‘sound financial decisions’ and have ‘financial discipline’. Essentially, they don’t want to pay the luxury tax. Maybe they’ll trade their pick which would free a little bit of cash up who knows, but it looks as if they won’t be able to match offers for both Charlie Villanueva and, you guessed it, Mr. Sessions.
Here is the thing though, thanks to the Arenas Rule, no team can offer Sessions a starting salary more than the MLE. So if the Bucks want to give him the keys to the car it’s not like anyone can really out-big him for whatever he is going to make next year. That being said, either way it looks as if it is going to be mighty difficult for the Bucks to keep Sessions. Should Portland go after Sessions? He can create for himself and others, this is a known fact. You don’t put up 44 points and 12 assists if you’re a bum. Against him? Inability to shoot and Bucks blog BrewHoop says he’s not a great defender. I’ll take their word for it. It is those two ‘concerns’ that strongly put me in the ‘no’ camp when it comes to Sessions. Comparing him to Blake he’s not a significant upgrade defensively and a major downgrade in the ‘ability to shoot’ category. I don’t care how many times you throw up junk at the end of a quarter, shooting 17.6% from behind the arc is stink, stank, stanky. We’re talking ‘Dutch Oven’ type stink. I don’t think Sessions is the kind of upgrade the Blazers need long-term, I’d much rather have Blake and Bayless and sign a big and see what they can do than waste space on Sessions.