Ramon Sessions was paying close attention to his phone Wednesday.
The Myrtle Beach native and NBA free agent said a deal with his next team was “pretty imminent” less than an hour after a session of his annual youth basketball camp at Myrtle Beach High School concluded.
“It's pretty imminent. Any minute my phone might ring,” said Sessions, a seven-year veteran. “I'm just waiting patiently. It could possibly be done by [Wednesday], so we'll see what happens.”
While he didn't reveal destinations of where he could land, he crossed one team off the list: the Charlotte Hornets. Sessions' last contract was for two years with the Hornets but ended abruptly when he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks at last year's trade deadline.
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The trade, Sessions said, had nothing to do with ruling out Charlotte – a team that had been rumored as a possible destination for him this offseason. Rather, it was because the Hornets have already signed a backup point guard in former New Orleans Pelican Brian Roberts.
“Charlotte, I think they've already got their guy. I don't think it will be Charlotte,” Sessions said. “It was a possibility, but now that they just signed a backup point guard I think my time with them is done.”
Conducting his camp without an NBA team to tout was a new experience for Sessions. The other two times he was on the market, Sessions had already agreed to terms with squads before coming home to Myrtle Beach.
But this year didn't present the typical free agency atmosphere.
“It's been kind of slow, but it's been slow for the whole NBA,” said Sessions, who averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists per game last season. “With LeBron [James] and Carmelo [Anthony] out there everybody was kind of waiting for them. After they fell, it was almost like a domino effect with guys falling into place. A lot of guys are getting their names called now.”
And while Sessions believes his name may soon come off the market, he knows nothing is certain yet.
“I'm waiting on my agent any minute. I'm keeping my phone beside me. We're getting pretty close. We'll see how it goes,” he said. “But until you sign, it's one of those things where you never know until it happens. But there's a couple of teams out there we're looking at.”