Point guard has been an emphasis with the Kings this offseason.
The team seriously considered drafting Elfrid Payton before signing Darren Collison and made no secret that adding another ballhandler would be a priority before the start of training camp.
The Kings did that Saturday by reaching an agreement with guard Ramon Sessions.
Sessions agreed to a two-year deal worth $4.2 million, with the Kings using the biannual exception because the team is over the salary cap, league sources confirmed because the deal had not been officially announced.
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Sessions was one of the better free agents still available. He’s shown he can be a capable scorer, and the Kings have been looking for more talent in their backcourt.
After not retaining Isaiah Thomas, the Kings have a very different look at point guard with Collison and Sessions.
Neither is the scorer Thomas is, but the Kings have been looking for more size and players they believe will help them play at a faster pace.
After having a shortage of capable ballhandlers last season, the Kings believe they have upgraded through the draft and free agency.
In addition to Collison and Sessions, the Kings drafted shooting guard Nik Stauskas, whom they believe also can run the offense if needed.
But besides Collison, the Kings were short on experience in the backcourt. Collison was the only guard with more than a season of experience before Sessions agreed to join the team.
Ben McLemore is starting his second season, as is Ray McCallum.
The Kings have been looking to add versatility and experience to their backcourt. Sessions adds a scoring punch and a player who also can facilitate.
The Kings were looking for a veteran ballhandler to go with Collison because McCallum is still a young player and the only other option to run the offense might have been rookie Stauskas.
Sacramento also wanted more players who could help it play the “position-less” style of offense coach Michael Malone wants to use more this season. That meant adding more players who could handle the ball and create.
It’s a reason why the Kings drafted Stauskas and have looked for more players who could help them play at a quicker pace.
Adding Sessions gives the Kings another option to make that happen.
Sessions, 28, will be entering his eighth season after being a second-round pick out of Nevada by Milwaukee. He’s been a reserve most of his career, having started 127 of 467 games.
Collison, 27, is the presumed starter after signing a four-year deal in July to replace Thomas.
Sessions started 19 of the 83 games he played in last season, including 12 of 28 after being traded to Milwaukee frrom Charlotte.
The Kings plan to use more than one point guard at a time, so the addition of Sessions gives them more lineup possibilities and the ability to play with a small lineup.
Sessions (6-3, 190) averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists with Charlotte and Milwaukee. He has career averages of 11.7 points (43.9 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from three-point range) and 4.7 assists.
Sessions also has played for Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers in his career.