Cavaliers’ Stance On Contract Extension For Collin Sexton — Revealed

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing some of their best basketball in recent history. The team has only found success with LeBron James on the roster in the last two decades, but they are looking to buck that trend this NBA season.

The Cavaliers are currently 7-4 on the season. The seven wins are tied for the second-most in the NBA with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, and Utah Jazz. The team is playing well, but there is still some uncertainty when it comes to point guard Collin Sexton.

Sexton and the Cavaliers were unable to work out a rookie extension before the season, so he will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

The team had him on the trade block throughout the offseason, so there is a chance that he is still traded this season, but it sounds as if the organization would like him back.

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According to The Athletic, Collin Sexton was looking for a nine-figure extension. Some outlets reported that the two sides were far apart on the money amount, but it sounds like the length of the contract was actually where the snag occurred.

“The Cavaliers remain interested in a long-term deal with guard Collin Sexton next summer after failing to agree on a rookie extension prior to the season. Sources said Sexton sought a four-year deal in the $100 million range, but the Cavaliers wanted a fifth year on any agreement.”

If the Cavaliers truly want to retain Sexton, their stance of not caving with the deadline looming could pay off. While the team has found plenty of success, Sexton has struggled in the early going of the 2021-22 season.

He is putting up career-low numbers as he has struggled shooting the ball thus far this season, connecting on only 24.4 percent of his 3-point attempts thus far. The Alabama product has also seen his playing time cut down, as he is playing 28.7 minutes per game, the fewest of his career.

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If Cleveland was going to look into trading him, his value is quite low right now. The market for him in the offseason wasn’t as robust as originally thought and it would likely be just as cold now. But, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have a lot better chance of bargaining down the price if he continues struggling to this extent.