Sexton could receive a contract extension this offseason, though any scenario involving Sexton, the Cavs and a contract won’t actually be pressing until 2022. This summer, the priority will be center Jarrett Allen, a restricted free agent who the Cavs intend to keep.
Pluto and other insiders have suggested the Cavs will be willing to give Allen a deal worth $100 million to keep him in Cleveland. But with two years and $60 million still left on Kevin Love‘s contract, negotiating a large Sexton extension could handcuff the franchise financially, Pluto wrote.
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- Cavs GM Koby Altman has done a solid job in making lottery picks given where the Cavs have drafted, and Pluto is therefore in favor of Altman keeping his job. I wrote similar sentiments over at FortyEightMinutes, though if Altman does stay, the Cavs will need to make some obvious strides for him to remain beyond 2022.
- The Cavs have been looking to trade Love over the past several seasons, but his injury history and large contract will make a deal extremely complicated. If no takers are found, Cleveland may want to consider trying to buy out Love’s deal, Pluto wrote.
- Several playoff contenders expressed trade interest in Larry Nance Jr. ahead of deadline in March, and that interest is likely to continue during the summer transaction period. But as Pluto mentioned, Nance is an unselfish teammate and perhaps the team’s best defender — so it would take quite a bit for the Cavs to move him.