Charlotte Hornets

Ramon Sessions signs 2-year deal with Kings

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 ball handler would be a priority before the start of training camp.

The Kings did that Saturday by reaching an agreement with guard Ramon Sessions.

The Myrtle Beach native 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.

After not retaining Isaiah Thomas, the Kings have a very different look at point guard with Collison and Sessions.

The Kings have been looking to add versatility and experience to their backcourt. Sessions adds a scoring punch and a player who can also facilitate.

Sacramento also more players who could help the Kings 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 Nik Stauskas and have looked for more players who could help the Kings play at a quicker pace.

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 126 of 467 games.

Sessions (6-3, 190) played for Charlotte and Milwaukee last season. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists between the two teams.

Sessions is the second point guard the Kings have signed this offseason. Sacramento signed Darren Collison to a four-year deal in July to replace Isaiah Thomas, who was sent to Phoenix in a sign-and-trade.

Second-year guard Ray McCallum is the other point guard on the roster.

The Kings were looking for a veteran ball handler to go with Collison because McCallum is still a young player and the only other option to run the offense might have been rookie Nik Stauskas.

Sessions has career averages of 11.7 points (43.9 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from three) and 4.7 assists.

Sessions has also played for Milwaukee, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers in his career.

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