A source told ESPN.com that the paperwork on the deal was being processed Friday morning. After Sessions signs, the Milwaukee Bucks will have seven days to match the offer, which they are not expected to do.
<!-- INLINE HEADSHOT (BEGIN) -->Sessions' name had been linked with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers throughout the summer. But New York was unwilling to guarantee more than one year -- which would tie up the Knicks' coveted cap space for the summer of 2010 free agent market. And Los Angeles made a trade last month with Minnesota to acquire Sebastian Telfair as the backup to Baron Davis.
In Minneapolis, Sessions would compete for minutes with rookie Jonny Flynn of Syracuse, the sixth pick of the draft who was elevated to No. 1 on the Wolves' point guard depth chart after efforts to acquire Ricky Rubio's rights from the Spanish club DKV Joventut failed earlier this week.
That put the Timberwolves in the position of scrambling to find another playmaker, and the 23-year-old Sessions was the best option on the free agent market after he and his agent, James "Chubby" Wells, decided weeks ago to hold off on committing to the Knicks in the hope a new opportunity would arise.
Matching the offer to Sessions, whose deal includes a player option for the fourth season, would put the Bucks over the luxury tax threshold, making it extremely unlikely the two-year veteran will return to Milwaukee.
Sessions averaged 11.6 points and 6.0 assists last season for the Bucks.
Chris Sheridan is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.
With this in mind, what are your thoughts about the effective trade off the wolves made? The traded Madsen, Telfair, Smith to the Clippers and received (effectively) Mark Blount in order to sign Sessions (once Rubio didn’t come over). Assuming the wolves either don’t play Blount (who is better than Madsen anyway) or buy him out. How did the wolves come out in the talent exchange? Considering that one of the suitors for Sessions was the clippers…pre Telfair trade. To me…this just seems crafty…or extremely lucky.
All of this is obviously based upon the rumor being true and the Bucks not matching.
A penny for your thoughts?