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By The Associated Press Writer By ROBERT KITCHIN Reporter AUGUST 30, 2018 03:20:33When the Washington Wizards first signed Washington center Ramon Sessions as a free agent in June 2015, they didn’t expect him to be a star.
They expected him to make his mark in a small-market, rebuilding team with an uncertain future.
Sessions was one of the most explosive players on the Wizards last season, averaging 23.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists in just over 24 minutes a game.
Sitting behind him was an explosive guard, Trevor Booker, who also made an impact on defense.
He scored 10 points and had three steals in just 27 minutes a night.
The Wizards traded Sessions for Booker on July 25, 2015, and Sessions signed a two-year, $16.5 million contract with the team.
They also signed forward Ryan Anderson, who was a restricted free agent.
Sensing a chance to add a versatile player, the Wizards selected Booker and Anderson, along with guard Trevor Booker Jr. and forward Brandon Jennings.
But when the Wizards signed Sessions, they expected a different kind of player.
Saunders was expected to be the guy to lead the Wizards to a championship.
Sterling Brown, the former NBA player of the year, compared Sessions to LeBron James.
Brown, now an analyst for ESPN, compared him to Kobe Bryant, who won three NBA championships.
But Sessions has had his ups and downs in the NBA.
He was suspended for two games in March for a failed drug test, and he played just one season for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Washington Wizards drafted Sessions, who grew up in Oklahoma City, with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
The team’s first-round pick was a protected pick.
He played in just five games, scoring 11 points and grabbing two rebounds in 20 minutes.
Sorrell said Sessions was a “gifted athlete” who could “get a jump” off the bench.
But he was also an offensive player who made mistakes in his off-season workout and practice, Sorrell said.
Sarrisons started training camp with the Wizards in November, but he was suspended the first two games of the season for violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy.
He did not play again until the team waived him on March 1.
Soros, the NBA executive vice president of basketball operations, said the league was “disappointed” with Sessions’ conduct and that the team was evaluating its roster for the 2018-19 season.
Sporrow said the Wizards’ decision to trade Sessions came after discussions with the NBA and the player’s agent.
The Wizards waived Sessions last month.
Sarsons was also fined $15,000 by the NBA for violating his suspension by failing to report a positive test for marijuana in the spring of 2018.
Suns guard Isaiah Thomas is the most outspoken critic of Sessions in the league, calling him a “dirty, dirty basketball player.”
Thomas said the team should have brought Sessions back last season.
“I feel like it was disrespectful of my teammates, of my family, of all the people that have supported me and my family,” Thomas said in a podcast.
“We just want our guys to get a second chance, and that was not the case.
And I’m not mad at him.
It’s just, man, I feel like he was disrespectful, but I feel for him.”
Thomas, who had eight points, six rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes in Tuesday’s 108-103 win over the Orlando Magic, is the fifth player to sign with the Suns since the franchise’s acquisition from Sacramento on July 1, 2017.
Sisters, who is coming off back surgery, said he is not sure what the future holds for him, but said he will not be signing with another team.
“No, I don’t think so,” Sessions said.
“I’ve had some success with the Washington guys and they know what it takes.
So I feel good.”
Sessions said he has not heard from Phoenix, the team he grew up rooting for, since the season ended.