Is the value of dumping Gadz worth losing Sessions?

Ramon Sessions takes it to the hole on Chris Bosh and the Raptors.In a word, NO. In two words, no way.

As word of the Knicks and Clippers intentions of making Sessions an offer (brought to you by Sessions' agent), potential sign and trade ideas are floating around in the Bucks-o-sphere. Of course, some of these ideas naturally center on the Bucks getting rid of another of ex-GM Larry Harris' contract headaches, backup-to-Bogut's-backup Dan Gadzuric.

Sessions is expected to receive an offer this week from the Knicks reportedly in the neighborhood of 4-yrs, $26 million. The most 3rd-year point man Sessions can be paid next under NBA rules is $5.8 million, which means the Knicks are preparing a mid-level exception offer for Sessions. Gadz is set to be paid $13 million — guaranteed — over the next two seasons. One option is that the Bucks could arrange to let Sessions go to the Knicks in exchange for a player or two while the Knicks also take on some of the Bucks payroll pain.

I can't think of any good reason why the Bucks would do this, other than a complete lack of confidence from GM John Hammond that he can swing a trade for Luke Ridnour. (With Brandon Jennings and Sessions in the fold, there'd be little sense to keeping Ridnour around beyond the fact that coach Scott Skiles likes him — not a factor to be understimated, it should be pointed out.)

The reasons to keep Sessions are many, starting with the realization that he's the first young point guard the Bucks have successfully developed since Paul Pressey. Since Pressey was, technically, a point forward, one could go all the way back to the 1970's and Quinn Buckner, Pressey's predecessor. If the plan is to build a young, exciting team here to turn the fans back on, Ramon's a keeper — and already a fan favorite who gets into the lane quicker than mere ordinary NBA point guards.

Sessions is also a favorite of Bucks development coach Bill Peterson, who was Steve Nash's development coach in Dallas ten years ago. This all seems kind of redundant because keeping Sessions is such a no brainer, but Ramon is simply no resource to be fritted away, even if it helps get the Bucks out from under their past mistakes.

If the Bucks do match the Knicks (as they should) all they would have to do is find a way to shave $1 million (or less) off the payroll by the February trading deadline to avoid the luxury tax. It's imminently doable. 

Hammond may have already shaved some of it in trading Malik Allen to Denver for a couple of young players I've never heard of. Not every dollar in that trade is guaranteed, and neither is Salim Stoudamire's salary, so simply releasing a player or two would solve most of the payroll squeeze.

New Bucks fan blogger Justin Malaise at We're Bucked has some thoughts on all this, and some ideas involving the Clippers and Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, none of the players mentioned coming to the Bucks are really worth having, certainly not worth giving up Sessions. Used, journeyman-type big men are a commodity that the Bucks already have too many of. Young big men (Leon Powe anyone?) are a different story.

Chubby Wells, Sessions' agent, has some thoughts too, and says "I don't know what the Bucks are thinking."

I'm beginning to wonder too, especially in dealing with the Knicks, a team with few players of interest beyond big forward David Lee. The Knicks were also interested in Michael Redd last summer. (Redd's a favorite of Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, the anti-Skiles when it comes to defense in the NBA). If Hammond wants to do business with NY and Donnie Walsh, he should revisit the interest in Redd and keep his young, rising star point guard off the market.

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