Lakers Trade Fisher To Houston For Jordan Hill; Get Sessions, Eyenaga From Cleveland

LOS ANGELES (CBS) –The Los Angeles Lakers have shipped out veteran point guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets along with a first-round pick via Dallas for power forward Jordan Hill.

In a separate deal, the Lakers have also acquired point guard Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga of the Cleveland Cavaliers for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and 2012 first-round draft pick(lottery protected).

“We think Ramon will make an immediate impact,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “Despite Derek’s presence, we felt that we needed more speed and more quickness in the backcourt. … We didn’t feel that we could get a better or more talented player than Sessions with a first-round draft pick in the 20s.”

Sessions, 25, has played in all 41 games for the Cavs and averaging 10.5 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Lakers, who have been searching for point guards all season long, plan to share the starting role with Sessions and Steve Blake.

Sessions is making $4.2 million this year and plans to make $4.5 next season.

Sessions agent, Jared Karnes said, “Ramon is excited and honored to join an organization so rich in tradition, talent, and success. He is ready to go to work.”

Walton, who has battled back injuries all year, will end his 8-year run with the Los Angeles Lakers with two NBA titles.

The NBA trading deadline was at noon PST Thursday.

  • eureca323

    None of them should start. Steve Blake should start who works well with the starters and Sessions should lead the bench unit were Lakers need the most help. And I think its time for Derek to take a back seat maybe some spot minutes here and there.

    • Whiskey Tango

      Glad he’s gone. One down and a few more to go. Kobe is next.

      • FidelityBraveryIntegrity

        Your a moron. Dont even know what you are talking about.

  • duh

    Shout out to the Fish man! Thanks D, for all the incredible 3 point highlights year after year! It’s been a pleasure to watch a focused athlete who cherishes integrity and professionalism over ego. Enjoy your senior years and retirement. Lakers should retire your jersey, without question.

    • FidelityBraveryIntegrity


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  • ac

    What an extraordinarily dumb move!! Why would you trade such dedication and leadership? Derek Fisher deserved the option to decide when to be traded or retire. Fisher’s skills and athleticism may be diminishing because of his age, but you just can not replace his leadership, character, class and experience. This must have been a Kupchak move. Extremely disappointed and reminds me of the whole Shaq ordeal…nipwhits.

  • wobbles

    What’s with the stupid Lakers trades this year? Is it a race to last place? Hate to break it to you, but Kobe can’t do it all by himslef, no matter how much you want to believe he can. Give the man something to work with.

    • Ray

      i think it’s a smart move. The Lakers have needed help at point guard all year and hopefully this will be a big improvement. As much as we all love DFish, we all can see how slow and older he’s gotten; lately, throwing up more 3-point airballs than ever. We love DFish but can’t keep him forever. Thanks for all the MANY great memoried DFish!!!

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  • John

    2nd time of trading fisher. Fisher who came back and help win 2 championships and has been a factor for the last 5 championships? What a terrible move!

  • deen

    Dumb move on Lakers part to trade Fisher…Fisher was a boafide laker…

    • Steve

      Should have been offered the decency of retirement or other options. The Lakers, while making bold business moves which may be great, have become classless in terms of management moves. There is a balance that is just no longer there.

  • Andrew J.

    Good riddance Luke Walton. Absolutely worthless. As far as I’m concerned he’s been a bust from the beginning. Too bad Fish had to go but he HAD to go. He was a huge liability on the defensive end.

  • Steve in California

    Once again, the Lakers lose the class of the team.

  • rankin1

    walton is a 7mil.$ year cheerleader, why would anytime take him?

  • Ms. Geek

    Gracias a Dios the Lake Show didn’t trade Pau Gasol. Now THERE is the class of the team. He’s like a throwback to the Showtime Lakers. Kobe is still a spoiled brat who needs to be spanked. Unfortunately Kobe is an exemplar of the modern day NBA, home of thugs and ball-hogs and out and out scoundrels. Almost nobody has the kind of class of Kareem, Magic, Worthy and the rest.

    • FidelityBraveryIntegrity

      Geek, you need to get out of the house more!

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