While GM Koby Altman is keeping all options open, there’s no sense around the league that the Cavs are feeling desperate to force a deal, sources told Hoopswire.
That said, Sexton is one of the more notable players eligible for a rookie scale extension this summer, and given that he averaged 24.3 points last season, odds are he’ll seek a maximum contract.
That could be an issue for the Cavs, as center Jarrett Allen is a restricted free agent and both sides are likely to pursue a multiyear deal.
“There’s belief around the league that Cleveland prefers to move on from Sexton, rather than sign him to a deal that would greatly inhibit their flexibility moving forward,” Woo wrote.
Along with that, the Cavs own No. 3 overall pick in a draft heavy in talented guards. Either the G League’s Jalen Green or Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs — or both — are expected to be available when the Cavs pick. Should the Cavs select either one it very well could “expedite the process” of a Sexton trade, Woo noted.
Also, if the Cavs take Suggs or Green, they could use Sexton as a trade asset while replacing him with another talented young guard, as well as a player on rookie contract for the next several seasons.
Sexton, 22, has only missed 12 games in his entire three-year pro career, all last season. He carries career averages of 20.2 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent on 3-pointers. He is a career 83 percent shooter from the free-throw line.
He scored a career-high 42 points in a January home win over the Nets.