Leading scorer Collin Sexton and the Cavaliers failed to reach agreement on a rookie-scale contract extension, ad Sexton was honest on his feelings about it.
“Just pretty much disappointed,” Sexton told reporters. “Just disappointed, but I know they want me here. So, just a little disappointed, but at the end of the day, we move on and tomorrow is the day.”
Sexton, 21, is 6-foot-1 and led the Cavs in scoring last season at 24.3 points in 60 games. He also averaged 4.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
An NBA-record 11 contract extensions were signed this offseason. Sexton, on the other hand, will be a restricted free agent after the season.
Teams needed to agree on rookie-scale extensions with players from the 2018 draft class ahead of Monday’s deadline, or allow those players to test free agency. Sexton was the No. 8 overall pick in 2018.
“We’ve put a lot into Collin, working with him. We believe in him,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said prior to the deadline. “We would love to have him here as part of what we’re doing.”
The Cavs have finished with 19, 19 and 22 wins, respectively, in Sexton’s three seasons. He did not miss a game during his first two, and has missed just 12 overall for his career.
Cleveland opens the season Wednesday at Memphis.