It seems the question of whether or not Ramon Sessions would be starting for the Lakers has been answered. After 12 full seasons in Los Angeles and five championships, the Lakers are trading Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets for Jordan Hill and a future first-round pick.
Fisher is averaging 5.9 ppg on 38% shooting this season. The Lakers traded for Ramon Sessions earlier today, needing an upgrade at the point guard position, but I don’t think anyone saw a Derek Fisher trade coming. Fisher provided the Lakers with many memorable playoff moments, including his incredible buzzer-beater with 0.4 seconds left that lifted the Lakers over the Spurs in Game 5 of the Western Conference semis in 2004. His heart, determination and highly competitive play was a huge reason for the Lakers’ recent championships over Orlando and Boston, hitting big-time shots down the stretch and providing leadership throughout the postseason. Although LA fans will agree that Fisher has been a liability this season with poor 3-point shooting and lackluster defense on younger and quicker guards, they should also never forget how much he gave the city of Los Angeles.
Although the Lakers don’t really need Fisher with the acquisition of Sessions, it seems almost unnecessary to send him away. However, the addition of Jordan Hill will make the Lakers a better team as his production off the bench can only be a step up from what the LA has been getting from its bench players up to this point. Hill is averaging 5 ppg and 4.9 rpg this season. If the Lakers can get their hands on Beasley, LA will be a powerhouse in the West.
On the other side of the coin, the Rockets’ moves have been questionable so far today. They have acquired two washed up veterans (Fisher and Marcus Camby). I’m assuming they hope these veterans will provide leadership for a team currently in the playoff picture and although they had to give up very little to get them, these moves are not particularly impressive. The injured Kyle Lowry must have had something to do with the Derek Fisher trade, needing a backup for Goran Dragic. Houston may have slightly upgraded, but not as much as they should have if they really want to contend.