The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 132-121 on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder tipped off the new season by getting blown out at the hands of the Utah Jazz 107-86.
Clearly, both of these teams need to make a move.
One of the lingering issues Cleveland has been dealing with all offseason is the status of Collin Sexton. The front office had the option of offering him a max rookie extension this summer but opted not to.
Part of that no doubt had to do with how much they’ve been trying to trade him over the past few months.
Fortunately, a solution may exist.
According to NBA insider Evan Dammarell, a swap between the Cavs and Thunder would be advantageous for both sides.
“First off, Cleveland could also risk possibly losing him to another team in free agency as well,” he wrote.
“There aren’t many teams out there who have the salary cap space that makes sense for Sexton other than the Detroit Pistons, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans that could outbid Cleveland in free agency. Of those aforementioned teams, the Thunder could be a legitimate threat since, according to sources, Oklahoma City is intrigued by the pairing of Sexton alongside budding superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and their bevy of youngsters.”
This past May reports began to leak out that players inside the Cavaliers’ locker room could not get on the same page as Sexton. His way of doing things rubbed them the wrong way. This led to a heated response from Sexton. Clearly a change needs to be made.
That’s one way to dress to a baseball game. https://t.co/oeBgEan8bD
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 22, 2021
At his best, Sexton is a very promising talent. Last year, he averaged 24.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. A change of scenery might do him some good.
Will that scenery change be OKC? Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.