It is now being reported that the Clippers and Oklahoma City are joining the bidding for Sessions services. The Knicks are preparing their long-term offer of roughly $26 million. Further details regarding the deal here. It is described in depth the details of the likely contract offers and the speculation of whether the Bucks may or may not match. At this point, it sounds like anything less than 5 years, the Bucks will match. At 5 years, for the MLE, a sign-and-trade will likely need to be worked out. This is where everything can get interesting. I was not in favor of a sign-and-trade with the Knicks, or the Bucks letting go of Sessions at all. But now with two other teams joining in the bidding, the Bucks could make things interesting. Which begs the question, What can the Bucks get in a sign-and-trade?
From the Knicks it has been discussed that the Bucks could obtain Duhon, Wilson Chandler, or even a more elaborate trade that could package a player or two with Sessions, and bring back David Lee.
What can the Clippers offer?
In looking at what the Clipers have to offer, I think it is likely the Bucks match on Sessions. About the best case scenerio I see is the Clippers getting Sessions and Gadzuric, the Bucks taking back Camby and maybe Al Thornton. Camby has one year left at over 9 million, Thornton has one year with just under 2 million. The Bucks are not going to let Sessions leave w/o forcing a team to take a contract off of our hands, and this trade would accomplish that. I could also see something involving Deandre Jordan from the Clippers.
What can Oklahoma City offer?
The biggest piece I could see getting in return from the Thunder would be Nick Collison, again, they would likely have to take a contract off of the Bucks hands, be it Bell or Gadzuric. Collison has two years left however, so I don’t know how attractive that would be to the Bucks.
It sounds like something will happen and happen soon. If the Knicks still really want Sessions, they are going to have to pay to get him with the Clippers and Thunder joining in. This does put the Bucks in a position of power to deal with a team that will give the Bucks something back while taking an undesirable contract off of the Bucks hands. If there is nothing worked out to the Bucks liking, they can just sign and keep a very good PG in Sessions.
Note: If Sessions actually signs an offer sheet, a sign and trade can no longer happen. It is the Gentleman’s agreement in the NBA for deals to do it this way, before the player actually signs, the teams try to work something out.