Cavaliers Insider Reveals Collin Sexton Contract Projection

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping that they can re-sign Collin Sexton this offseason. After the two sides didn’t agree to a rookie extension ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season, Sexton is set to be a restricted free agent.

As a restricted free agent, the Cavaliers will have the chance to match any offer sheet that Sexton should sign. That is certainly a good thing for Cleveland, as the Alabama product should draw some attention this offseason.

Several teams are going to be looking to upgrade their backcourt in free agency. The New York Knicks and Washington Wizards are two teams that will be looking for point guards. If the Cavaliers are willing to work out a sign-and-trade deal, the market for Sexton will grow even more.

However, there is still some work to be done when it comes to negotiations between the two sides.

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According to Cavaliers beat writer Chris Fedor, during a recent appearance on the HoopsHype Podcast, Cleveland and Collin Sexton have a gap to overcome if a deal is to be reached.

“My sources tell me at the end of the Sexton negotiations, the two sides were kicking around Bogdan Bogdanovic money, so around $18 million annually. I get the sense that the Cavs are more comfortable in the range of $15-18 million (annually). I think Collin is looking more in the range of $18-22 million (annually). I do think there’s a gap they need to close this offseason.”

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That is a pretty sizable gap, as a four-year deal could have a $12-28 million difference from the highest and lowest both sides are most comfortable with.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers genuinely want to retain him, they cannot get too cute during negotiations. Other teams will overpay to land a player in restricted free agency, making it difficult to match.

Collin Sexton tore his meniscus only 11 games into the 2021-22 season, but during the 2020-21 season when he was healthy, Sexton averaged an efficient 24.3 points per game. He has some work to do as a lead ball-handler, but there aren’t many 22-year-olds scoring the way that Sexton did.

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$18 million seems like a fair price given the development that Collin Sexton still has to do to round out his game. It is understandable that Sexton is pushing for more and that Cleveland is hesitant, but if both sides want to continue working with each other, a deal will be reached.