In a move to shore up the backcourt, the Kings have come to an agreement to sign Ramon Sessions to a 2 year, $4.2 million contract using their bi-annual exception. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the deal.
Sessions was easily one of the better free agents left available and will make a solid addition to Sacramento's bench. He will likely fill in at both guard positions, although he's primarily a backup Point Guard. Sessions has career averages of 11.7 points on 43.9% from the field to go with 4.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals a game. He also has an above average career PER of 16.7 and a career assist rate of 30.6%, higher than that of Darren Collison.
Sessions is an erratic outside shooter, making just 31.1% of his career threes, but he has had good years from outside in the past. In the 2011-12 season he hit 44.3% of his threes, but followed it up the next two years with just 30.8% and 28.2% efforts respectively. Sessions makes up for his poor outside shooting by getting to the rim. He has a very high Free Throw Attempt Rate averaging almost 1 FTA for every 2 FGA he shoots. Almost 62% of his career FGAs have come within 10 feet of the basket.
Defensively, Sessions is far from an impact player, with a below average steal rate and defensive rating throughout the years. Last year in Charlotte, a team that was good defensively, opponents scored two points more when Sessions was on the floor than when he was off.
Signing Sessions likely means less of a role this year for Ray McCallum. McCallum was set to be Darren Collison's primary backup, but that job now belongs to Ramon Sessions. McCallum likely will still get time, possibly in occasional sets where the Kings play Sessions at Shooting Guard.
Sacramento's roster stands at 14 players on guaranteed deals now, and I wouldn't be surprised if more moves occur before the season begins.