The growing discontent within the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office regarding team star Collin Sexton has reached a boiling point.
In early May, reports began to surface that players inside the Cavaliers’ locker room could not get on the same page as Sexton. His demeanor and general way of doing things was off-putting to them.
This led to a fiery response to the criticism from Sexton, which seemingly quieted the storm for a brief period of time.
The peace didn’t last, however. Early in June, new stories began to leak out from Cleveland about how the organization was in tatters and a blow-up was coming.
Fast forward to this week.
According to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated, the Cavaliers are now legitimately listening to trade offers for Sexton.
“The Cavaliers have begun to explore trade options involving leading scorer Collin Sexton,” he wrote.
“Sexton, 22, is extension-eligible this summer, averaged 24.3 points per game last season, and appears likely to seek a maximum contract. Also eligible for an extension is 23-year-old center Jarrett Allen, who is also expected to command a lucrative deal. Cleveland.
“There’s belief around the league that Cleveland prefers to move on from Sexton, rather than sign him to a deal that would greatly inhibit their flexibility moving forward. The Cavs hold the No. 3 pick in the draft, and could end up selecting another guard, which could further expedite the process of a trade.”
Sexton is an extremely talented player, but clearly he’s not a fit on the Cavaliers as the team is presently constructed.
Despite J.B. Bickerstaff’s sentiments, for whatever reason, Sexton’s teammates don’t seem to vibe with him. So either they need to go, or he needs to go.
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At the moment, the Cavs have seemingly opted for the latter.
This is going to be an interesting situation to keep an eye on. Sexton’s value to various teams around the league varies, and Cleveland will no doubt want a decent amount of draft capital in return for the youngster.
Will a deal ultimately get done? Time will tell.
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