Knicks PG Ramon Sessions, who did not play on Wednesday night, has barely played since starting the first three games of the season -- a role that was then given to Jarrett Jack.
"I've played my whole career, first time in my 11 years this has actually happened," Sessions told the NY Post. "I've been around a while, been around different scenarios. It's still early. It's a long season. In the NBA, a lot of things can happen.''
With Jack starting, rookie Frank Ntilikina has been getting major minutes off the bench. Meanwhile, Ron Baker has been inactive.
Jack told The Post he didn't agree with the assertion that he doesn't have the leadership qualities Jack does.
"I don't think it's something I fell short of,'' Sessions said. "The more practices we got, the more games we played, it would get to that point. It wasn't nothing I was lacking in that department."
The Knicks need to clear a roster spot by Monday for the return of Joakim Noah, who was suspended for the first 12 games of the season. GM Scott Perry would not comment on which players were in danger of being removed from the roster, but Sessions and Mindaugas Kuzminskas appear to be the likely bets.
The Knicks signed Sessions to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million before the season. He averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 assists in 50 games last season for the Hornets.
The 31-year-old Sessions has averaged 10.6 points and 4.1 assists per game during his 10-year career with the Bucks, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Kings, Wizards, and Hornets.
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Waiving Sessions seems like the obvious move at this point. The Knicks have three point guards in Ntilikina, Jack, and Baker, and they have already committed to Baker on a two-year, $8.9 million deal. Jack is now going to get a guaranteed contract since he's played well and been a big part of the Knicks turnaround. He's also a veteran leader, which means they don't need another veteran point guard in Sessions. It doesn't serve him well either that the Knicks were 0-3 with him in the lineup.
Sessions and Jack were brought here with the likely intent that only one of them was going to stick and get playing time. It's clear that Jack is that guy. The issue with Jack was whether he could come back healthy after two knee surgeries, and the answer has been yes. Sessions just doesn't offer enough for the Knicks to keep him on the roster. He doesn't really do anything great, and the offense didn't do anything when he played.
The other option would be Kuzminskas, but trading him could be difficult. The Knicks see some potential in him, and he's another shooter, which the Knicks could use. Depth-wise, it makes more sense to keep Kuz over Sessions, even though he just played his first minutes of the season Wednesday night. It's going to be a difficult decision for the Knicks, but waiving Sessions seems like the most logical move for the team at this point.