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Cavs trade Sessions, Eyenga to Lakers for Walton, Kapono, first-round draft pick

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2012

The Cavaliers traded Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Los Angeles Lakers for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a first-round pick (top 14 protected) in the 2012 NBA draft.

Sessions is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists and has been a valuable leader of the Cavs’ second unit, but he has a player option for next season that he is not expected to pick up. The Cavs felt forced to trade him rather than lose him to free agency after the season for nothing.

As part of the deal, the Cavs hold the right to swap the Miami Heat’s first-round pick in 2013 with the Lakers’ selection. The Cavs hold the Heat’s pick next summer as part of the LeBron James sign-and-trade.

"Our primary focus continues to center on building this team with our young core and, most importantly, through the draft as we develop a very talented group that can play and succeed together for many years to come," Cavs General Manager Chris Grant said in a release.

Walton, 31, is in his ninth season with the Lakers. He has averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds while battling injuries throughout his career. He has one year and $6.1 million left on his contract, but the Cavs made the move for the draft pick. They now have two first-round selections both this season and next season.

Kapono, 31, was originally drafted by the Cavs in 2003. He is a 43-percent career shooter on 3-pointers, but is just 8 of 27 on 3-pointers (29.6 percent) this season. His contract is up at the end of the season.

It was difficult for the Cavs to part with Sessions, who averaged 17.8 points and 11 assists in four starts this season. He averaged
14.8 points and 6.4 assists as a starter during his two seasons in Cleveland. Sessions was acquired prior to the 2010-11 season, along with Ryan Hollins, in exchange for Delonte West.

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