NBA Trades: Sessions, Eyenga to LA Lakers for 1st-Round Draft Pick and Walton

J HillContributor IIIMarch 15, 2012

We all know that the Lakers have been salivating at the thought of acquiring a point guard under the age of 50 to pair up with star shooting guard Kobe Bryant.

If you've been able to pay attention to any trade rumors not involving Dwight Howard this year, you would know that for the past few weeks, the only thing keeping the Lakers from pulling the trigger on a trade for Ramon Sessions of the Cavaliers was their aversion to giving up their first-round draft pick. 

Well it appears as though they finally realized they need to go all-in now in order to take advantage of Kobe having one of the best seasons in recent memory and go for the title. So what is the whole package?

Well, the Cavaliers are giving up a quality point guard that could have started on most teams and Christian Eyenga, who isn't really a loss because he spent a lot of this year in the D-League and is basically a guy who was drafted because of his phenomenal athletic abilities.

He hasn't really worked out so far; however, he is still developing and may get a shot given that Lakers coach Mike Brown was the one that drafted him while in Cleveland.

What do the Cavaliers get? They receive Luke Walton and the Lakers' first-rounder this year, which is set to fall in the 18-22 range. Walton is much like Eyenga in this trade; a throw-in for the salaries to match up.

How good is this trade? Well, I think it is great for both teams; the Lakers get a point guard who is younger than 64 years old, and the Cavaliers get the second draft pick they've been chasing all season.

I think that the Cavaliers will lose a few more games with Daniel Gibson running the point when Kyrie Irving isn't on the court, which can improve the value of their own draft pick.

What do you guys think of the trade?

Edit: At the time I wrote this article the inclusion of Jason Kapono in the trade from the Lakers was not available. Well now you know.

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