Ramon Sessions has received his fair share of hype this off-season and it looks like it could be coming to an end with his agreement on a four-year, $16 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were recently burned by Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves, who seem to have had an undying love for point guards this summer, could still lose out on Sessions if the Milwaukee Bucks match their offer by Friday, but by all accounts that seems highly unlikely.
Sessions is a solid point guard who offers a lot of sexy potential and will be a great option for an average fantasy squad’s second-string point guard. His value will rise now that he’s leaving behind Luke Ridnour, who he was splitting minutes with on a nightly basis. Though Sessions, who played 27:30 per game last season, will see some competition from rookie Jonny Flynn, whose value saw a fleeting surge after the Rubio news, it’s likely that Sessions will win out on the majority of the available minutes at the point guard position, while it would be surprising to see Flynn get more than 20 minutes a night.
- Peja Stojakovic could be coming off the bench this season “to extend his career,” according to John Reid at The Times Picayune. While his fans will be supportive of the move to keep Stojakovic in the league for an extra couple years, fantasy owners should see this as the nail in the three-point stud’s fantasy value.
Meanwhile, third-year forward Julian Wright, who has been the object of some sleeper talk this summer, stands to benefit greatly from this news. Wright has shown off his athleticism and raw talent when given enough playing time, and though he’ll compete with the 31-year-old James Posey for minutes at the small forward spot, Wright should now officially be on your draft day radar.
- Remember Luol Deng? He used to be a reliable, productive forward for the Bulls, but then he fractured his leg and teased owners with fleetingly productive returns last season. Well, word is that he’s looking to play in a preseason game in London on Oct. 6. This is obviously positive news for Deng and fantasy team owners who are hoping to own him this year, but don’t get too high on him just yet. A solid preseason along with a good start to the regular season will cement his return to fantasy favor, but until then be sure to tamp those expectations down.
A successful return to the Bulls could mean slightly fewer minutes for John Salmons and Tyrus Thomas, but shouldn’t affect their values too drastically.
- Michael Beasley, who recently checked into a rehab hospital, is set to return to the Miami Heat for the start of training camp. This is good news for the young Beasley, who could benefit from some time on the court with his teammates again. Team president Pat Riley said, “I trust the fact that this guy is going to produce big numbers for you.” Sounds like he’s talking right at fantasy owners, doesn’t it?
While it’s great to hear that Beasley has the support of his team and that Riley seems unwavering about his hope to see his second-year forward play a more prominent role for this year’s team, Beasley shouldn’t be seen as anything more than a third-string forward in most fantasy leagues. A solid start to the season could change that, but don’t try to be bold and draft him too early.