Ramon Sessions has been a good fit with the Washington Wizards, so much so, in fact, the team is signing him for the rest of the season, according to the Washington Post.
The Wizards were forced to decide whether to sign the veteran point guard for the remainder of the season or to release him. Sessions had been playing on the second of a pair of 10-day contracts, the most permitted by the NBA.
“His reputation is amazing and rightfully so,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He showed me and the staff that he comes and does his job every day.
“He was more than deserving of the opportunity to stay here all year.”
The 31-year-old Sessions has played in five games for the Wizards and has been productive, averaging 7.2 points and 3.4 assists. He signed his first 10-day deal with the Wizards on Feb. 23 and the second one March 5.
Ramon Sessions on being signed for the rest of the season and the upcoming playoff push pic.twitter.com/R2ZORNqeQn
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 16, 2018
“This was my first time doing a 10-day and those were probably the longest 20 days I’ve been a part of in the NBA,” Sessions, a 10-year veteran, said. “I’m just excited to be back here. D.C. is my home.”
Sessions has taken over as Washington’s backup point guard behind Tomas Satoransky, making his five appearances in that stretch, averaging 18.5 minutes per game. He has replaced Tim Frazier as the backup point guard.
He has outplayed Frazier during his brief time with the Wizards. Per 36 minutes, Sessions is scoring nearly twice as many points on average, shooting nearly 10 percent better from beyond the 3-point line and getting to the free-throw line with much greater frequency.
In his five games with Washington, Sessions has attempted 19 free throws. Conversely, despite playing nearly 700 more minutes, Frazier has attempted only 28 from the charity stripe.
All of which will most likely be lost in the wash once All-Star point guard John Wall returns from having surgery on his left knee. Brooks said Friday that Wall will immediately be the starter upon his return.
“You’re gonna have guys that are going to have to be good teammates,” Brooks said, suggesting the playing time would go away. “Sacrificing is a big part of this league.”
Washington (39-30), which stands just a half-game behind Cleveland (39-29) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, hosts third-place Indiana (40-29) in a key matchup for playoff positioning tonight.