The Clippers have just acquired Rasual Butler from the Hornets for a future 2nd round pick. Does this end the Clippers pursuit of Ramon Sessions? Or, was Butler acquired for use in a potential sign and trade? I am not even sure if Butler could be traded right away according to the CBA. From ESPN:
Butler had the most productive season of his seven-year career in 2008-09, averaging 11.2 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing in all 82 games for the Hornets, who made the playoffs. He shot 40 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range to match his career averages.
Not really sure if this has any impact on Sessions or not. I just find it weird that the rumors floating around regarding Sessions and the Clippers were strengthening, then this trade comes in. What should we expect at this point in the whole Summer of Sessions.
Chad Ford has an interesting article regarding the Knicks options to still make the big splash in 2010 FA. One option is to clear more cap space, that would likely mean no Sessions. Option 2 is for them to lower their sights. That seems like the best option, and Sessions could be a part of that. Option 3 is to stick with what they have, obviously the most unpopular choice.
With the cap going down as it unexpectedly has, I fee option 2 is the most realistic for the Knicks. Go after 1 elite player next year, surround him with affordable talent. If this is the option they go, I have to imagine Sessions is a large piece of that puzzle.