Ramon Sessions is back in the NBA.
The Myrtle Beach native on Thursday told The Sun News that he has signed a 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards, a franchise he played for as recent as 2016.
“It's real good, man. It's one of those things that it's something I'm familiar with. A lot of the guys are still there. Obviously there's a new coach there, but a lot of the guys that are personnel are the same, the GM, everybody,” Sessions said. “It's one of those places that when people ask me what's my home team being around for 11 years, I always come back to D.C. because it's one of those places that showed me a lot of love and I had a lot of success. So it's real good.
“We've been talking with them for a little minute now. I'm just glad something finally got done.”
There’s still work to do as the deal is for a 10-day contract, which essentially is a tryout.
A 10-day contract allows a player an attempt to impress a team during a 10-day span or three-game stint — whichever lasts longer — in hopes of earning another 10-day deal. After a player receives two 10-day contracts with one team, the squad must sign the player for the rest of the season to retain him.
“We'll kind of see how this one goes and go from there really,” Sessions said.
As for his approach in an audition-type situation, Sessions said he doesn’t plan to do anything different.
“Just like any other time that I'm out there, just play my game, what I've been doing now for the last 11 years,” Sessions said. “Just be ready to go when they call my name and the rest will take of itself. With how many teams I've been on, you know my roller-coaster ride, so for me it's one of those things that if I play my game the rest will take care of itself.”
Sessions began the season as the New York Knicks' starting point guard but was waived Jan. 13 after falling out of the rotation. He averaged 3.7 points an 2.1 assists per game.
This season represented the first time Sessions was not under contract with an NBA team during any part of the regular season in 10-plus years in the league.
“The situation for me was my first in 11 years, so I can actually say I was blessed that it was the first time I went through the waive process,” he said. “But it's one of those things that, just being around so long and knowing how the game is, you just never know when you're going to get that call again. I was just talking to my agent and staying ready.”
Sessions played for the Wizards from 2014-16 for a partial and then full season. In 2014-15, he averaged 7.4 points and 3.1 assists per game, and in 2015-16 he averaged 9.9 points and 2.9 assists per contest as John Wall's backup.
Sessions plans to be game-ready when he rejoins Washington. He said he worked out vigorously with his cousin and trainer, Akeem Hemingway, in his home city of Atlanta while waiting for something to formulate.
“It's crazy. I told him the other day, 'man, we're in here working out like it's summertime all over again.' Just staying ready,” Sessions said. “You never know when you're going to get that call and it came through today. I'm ready to go, excited just to be back out there in the game that did so much for me.”
The Wizards return from the All-Star break to play the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Thursday night. Sessions said he will not be in uniform but that he is flying out Thursday night en route for Washington, where he hopes to be ready when the Wizards host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
Despite a layoff of more than two months, Sessions is back in the NBA again.
“It was [strange]. It made you just think 'man, we've been doing this for 11 years' and it just got to the point where it was like, you wasn't used to not being on the court. It was an adjustment, but, I mean, at the end of the day, being in the business so long, one day this thing is going to stop,” Sessions said of the layoff.
“For me, it was one of those things where I feel like I've still got some things left in the tank. So I just stayed ready. I had a couple offers overseas that I could have jumped on and stuff like that, but I just wanted to be where I belong - in the NBA.” For his career, Sessions has averaged 10.4 points, 4.1 and 2.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes playing mostly as a reserve.