The Charlotte Hornets are seeking point guard help, and are pursuing trades for the Sacramento Kings' Ramon Sessions, and the Miami Heat's Norris Cole, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Yahoo Sources: Charlotte's pursuing trade avenues to replace Kemba Walker, with Sacramento's Ramon Sessions and Heat's Norris Cole on radar.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 26, 2015
Sessions is a familiar name for Hornets fans, having played in Charlotte for a season and a half before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Gary Neal last February. He signed for Sacramento this offseason on a two-year, $4 million deal, but has under performed, averaging just 5.7 points and 2.6 assists in 17.1 minutes per game, way down from the 10.5 points and 3.7 assists he averaged for Charlotte in 55 games last season.
Despite his struggles, Sessions would be a familiar face. He's known as a good locker room player, and would have little trouble acclimating to the team again. While a poor outside shooter, he does a good job of attacking the rim and drawing fouls, and can play both guard positions. However, he would become surplus to requirements once Walker returns, and would be under contract through next season, causing a log jam at the point guard position.
Cole is averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 assists this season, but has seen his minutes drop from 28.9 a game in the month of December to 18.3 in January. He is also averaging just 3.9 points this month, although his shooting percentages have risen. However, he appears to be falling out of the rotation of late, as he was a DNP against the Chicago Bulls, and combined for just 20 minutes in the games against the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte. Like Sessions, he is a poor 3-point shooter, but a good scorer at the rim and from mid-range, shooting 46.6 percent on two point field goals. Unlike Sessions, he is in the final year of his contract.
While Charlotte will explore trade options, the Hornets could look to acquire a point guard via free agency. One option, as suggested by the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell, could be A.J. Price:
One of what I'm sure will be numerous guards who'll be connected to the Hornets: A.J. Price.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) January 26, 2015
Price most recently played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in eleven games, averaging only 2.0 points in 7.9 minutes a game. However, he averaged 10.5 points a game, for the Pacers in ten games earlier this season, shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the 3-point line.
None of these players are necessarily exciting names, but could provide the needed depth while Walker recovers.