It is being reported that the Knicks will make a MLE exception offer to Ramon Sessions by Tuesday. My plea to the Bucks is, MATCH. If the Knicks offer is 4 years or less, I think a match should be automatic. Do not overthink, do not justify letting a top five point guard go, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
I stated some of Sessions stats in a previous post and the basics are this, according to Player Efficiency Ratings, Sessions is a top 5 PG. These stats do not lie, when you combine his age, 23, and height 6’3″, I feel he is too valuable to give up. There is nothing on the Knicks roster that would be fair compensation for Sessions. If it was a straight swap David Lee for Sessions, than maybe we would have something, but everything I read points to Lee expecting almost $10 million per. If the Knicks will not even consider overpaying him, which has been their mantra in the past few years, no way will the Bucks consider it.
The fans of Milwaukee need a sign that their faith will someday be rewarded. Sessions is much more likely to earn his MLE offer than Redd is to ever fulfill his max deal or Gadzuric is to ever fulfill his contract. Because the Bucks have made some bad choices in their recent history regarding contracts(Redd’s deal, Gadzuric, Bobby Simmons) and are gunshy regarding spending, that does not make it a good idea to let a young, productive, and relatively affordable player go. Not to mention a player they drafted, developed, and from what I have read, wants to play in Milwaukee.
When comparing production to contract, even at the MLE, I believe Sessions is worth the contract up to four years. If the offer is five years, the decision will be a little tougher, but I would still do it. The Bucks need good players, and this is a good one worth keeping. Deal Ridinour, the expiring contracts, or whatever other moves feel need to get done yet this offseason, but please leave Sessions, Bogut, Jennings, Meeks, Alexander and Mbah a Moute alone. Let them be your future building blocks and give us fans some hope.