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News » Minnesota makes a pitch Sessions gets offer for 4 years, $16 million

Minnesota makes a pitch Sessions gets offer for 4 years, $16 million

Minnesota makes a pitch  Sessions gets offer for 4 years, $16 million

All it took was Ricky Rubio deciding to stay in Spain.

That opened the door for Milwaukee Bucks point guard Ramon Sessions to receive a four-year, $16 million offer sheet on Friday from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This was the type of contract Sessions and his agent, Chubby Wells, had been seeking all summer but had been unable to get despite diligent discussions with several National Basketball Association teams.

But when Rubio, the 19-year-old point guard and fifth-overall pick in the June draft, decided to decline Minnesota's buyout offer earlier this week and sign instead with Regal FC Barcelona, Wells' phone began to ring.

"It came up kind of fast," Wells said, confirming the deal. "We were working on a couple things, but we weren't going to wait around.

"In this (economic) climate, it's an excellent deal. I think he played well enough to get the mid-level exception (starting at $5.8 million) in a normal year."

Now the next move is up to Bucks general manager John Hammond, after the team received the signed offer sheet on Friday afternoon.

The Bucks will have seven days to match the offer or relinquish the rights to Sessions, a two-year pro and restricted free agent.

Milwaukee is about $1.6 million below the luxury tax level of $69.92 million and is not expected to match the Timberwolves' offer, although Hammond wasn't tipping his hand on Friday.

"We have seven days in which to make our decision," Hammond said. "We'll explore all our options within that time period."

Hammond has repeatedly said the Bucks will not exceed the tax level for the 2009-'10 season, and he expects to have considerably greater financial flexibility next summer due to a number of expiring contracts.

Hammond's plan during the current offseason was to acquire players on expiring or low-cost deals, and he did that with veteran Kurt Thomas, 27-year-old power forward Hakim Warrick and 27-year-old small forward Carlos Delfino.

If the Bucks are intent on keeping Sessions, however, they could trade an existing player or make a deal that would net them about $2 million in savings. That could allow them to match Sessions' first-year salary, which is estimated to be around $3.5 million.

The salaries in the deal escalate in the ensuing years, and the fourth year is a player option, according to a source familiar with the contract.

The Bucks have three point guards under contract: rookie Brandon Jennings, veteran Luke Ridnour (with an expiring $6.5 million contract) and second-year player Roko Ukic, acquired in a recent trade with Toronto. The 19-year-old Jennings is expected to be given an opportunity to grab the starting role, after playing last season for a pro team in Italy.

If Sessions lands in Minnesota, the Timberwolves will possess a backcourt tandem quite familiar to the Bucks' coaching staff. The Bucks heavily scouted point guard Jonny Flynn, taken sixth overall by Minnesota, before grabbing Jennings with the 10th selection in the June draft.

The Timberwolves were thin in the backcourt after team president David Kahn was rebuffed in his efforts to reach a deal with Rubio, who had a complicated multimillion dollar buyout in his contract with Spanish club DKV Joventut.

Kahn thought he had reached a buyout deal with Joventut last weekend, but Rubio then said he had changed his mind and wanted to join Barcelona on a six-year contract. The deal allows him to leave for the NBA after two years, and the Timberwolves retain his rights.

But Sessions' signing could mean that Rubio will never play in a Timberwolves uniform.

"We are excited about the opportunity to have Ramon Sessions on our team," Kahn said in a statement Friday. "Ramon has the ability to play both guard positions and will be able to complement the members of our current backcourt.

"Ramon also has the potential to improve and fits our plan of building a young, up-tempo team with championship-contending potential."

The New York Knicks had interest in Sessions but were not willing to guarantee more than one year of a deal, because they wanted to keep cap space open for LeBron James or other stars in the 2010 free-agent market.

"They had to make a trade to get to the number we wanted to get to," Wells said.

The Los Angeles Clippers also were interested in Sessions but acquired point guard Sebastian Telfair from the Timberwolves in a deal earlier this summer. Telfair is expected to back up veteran Baron Davis.

The Bucks chose Sessions with the 56th overall pick in the 2007 draft.

Sessions averaged 12.4 points and a team-high 5.7 assists in 79 games last season, including 39 starts. He posted a career-high 44 points against the Detroit Pistons in a Feb. 7 game at the Bradley Center, sinking 18 of 21 free throws while also picking up 12 assists and five rebounds. During the 2007-'08 season, he set the franchise record for assists in a game with 24.

"He's the type of guy who just plays," Wells said. "He's very excited."

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