Third-year Cleveland Cavaliers star Collin Sexton really came into his own this past season.
With averages of 24.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, he has quickly established himself as a player to watch.
Unfortunately, that may not be enough to keep the 22-year-old in Cleveland.
Sexton’s issues with his teammates have been well-documented, and it appears as though they may lead to some drastic measures being taken by the Cavaliers.
How drastic? A trade.
According to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com, Sexton getting dealt is becoming an increasingly probable option.
“An NBA executive suggested the Cavs could consider that because it’s a salary cap crusher to pay Allen and Sexton both long-term contracts over $100 million,” he wrote.
“This guy likes Sexton as a player, but not on a maximum contract. As I wrote last weekend, Sexton may want something like the five-year, $163 million deal Sacramento gave guard De’Aaron Fox in 2020. Their stats as similar. But is Sexton a maximum contract player simply because the Kings gave the money to Fox?
“Also, Garland has made major progress, but missed 18 games due to injury this season. He had knee surgery in the summer of 2019. Durability is an issue. I like Okoro and Garland for the future.
“Perhaps the Cavs could consider combining them with Allen (assuming he signs an extension) and explore the trade market for Sexton. Or else, they can simply wait another year on Sexton. He isn’t a restricted free agent until the summer of 2022.”
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 21, 2021
While Sexton’s problems with his teammates are definitely cause for concern, it’s also undeniable that he is a supremely talented player.
As such, he’ll be a huge asset wherever he ultimately ends up – be it Cleveland or elsewhere.