September 21, 2014

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Cavs notes: Coach Scott wants Sessions to stay

CLEVELAND — If Cavaliers coach Byron Scott has his way, backup point guard Ramon Sessions will remain with the team for the rest of the season.

Sessions

But with the NBA trade deadline arriving Thursday at 3 p.m., Cleveland general manager Chris Grant will ultimately determine if that occurs.

“When I think about the future and Sess not being here, I go, ‘Damn, I have no idea what we’re gonna do,’” Scott said Sunday prior to the Cavaliers’ game against the Houston Rockets. “That’s why I try not to think about it because he’s played terrific basketball for us.

“I would love for him to be here — and I know he’s got a (player) option for next year — but I don’t want to think about next year right now.”

Sessions is one of the more attractive names on the market, especially for contending teams in need of help running their offense. He is averaging 10.4 points and 5.1 assists this season while playing in all 39 of Cleveland’s games.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are among the franchises reportedly interested in the 25-year-old floor general, while the Minnesota Timberwolves also could make a push after losing point guard Ricky Rubio to a season-ending knee injury Friday.

For his part, Sessions said he prefers to remain with the Cavaliers for the rest of the season, stressing, “I like what’s going on here.”

Also, for what it’s worth, Scott revealed that he and Grant have not had any serious discussions about trading their top bench player.

“Chris and I talk on the phone almost every day, so if stuff comes up, we’ll talk about it,” the coach said. “But until he thinks it’s serious, he won’t even bring it up.”

Cleveland power forward Antawn Jamison also would be a prime candidate to be moved, but doing so would cripple the Cavaliers’ roster flexibility in the summer — unless they receive an expiring contract worth $15 million in return.

By allowing Jamison to finish this season and enter unrestricted free agency, Cleveland will be more than $20 million below the salary cap heading into the 2011-2012 campaign.

Good, bad news

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving’s chances of winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award received a major boost when Rubio tore his left anterior cruciate ligament.

The Timberwolves’ dynamic floor general was the only other legitimate contender for the honor, which now is clearly Irving’s to lose — barring a late push by Detroit point guard Brandon Knight.

“It’s never something you want to happen, especially to such a great player,” said Irving, who is averaging a rookie-high 18.3 points and 5.4 assists. “He brought life back to Minnesota.”

Rubio leads all first-year players in assists (8.2), steals (2.22) and minutes (34.2), while ranking fifth in scoring (10.6).

“He was my nemesis,” Irving said. “I’m used to checking his stats every single night, seeing how many points and assists he had. It’s tragic.”

Out of action

Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry (illness, fever) remains hospitalized in New York City, three days after undergoing a laparoscopic procedure that failed to discover the cause of his abdominal distress.

Houston trainer Keith Jones said the five-year veteran will not rejoin the team on its current road trip, which concludes Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

Lowry, who is the only NBA player averaging at least 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.75 steals, tweeted that he “will be out of commission for a while.”

In one of his first moves after being named GM, Grant signed Lowry to an offer sheet in the summer of 2010 when he was a restricted free agent, but the Rockets matched the deal to retain his services.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.