“This seems a little odd, since any rookie scale extension covering five years has to be worth the maximum salary,” noted Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors. “But perhaps Charania meant that the Cavs preferred to wait until free agency to work something out with Sexton, since they can offer a five-year, non-max deal at that point.”
Sexton, 22, is 6-foot-1 and led the Cavs in scoring last season with an average of 24.3 points. He is averaging 16.0 points and 3.3 rebounds through 11 games this season.
The Cavs reportedly explored the idea of trading him this past offseason, though sources told Hoops Wire no deal was ever close.
Many around the NBA seem to think he is best suited for a sparkplug role off the bench, a la the Hawks’ Lou Williams. But for now, the Cavs are content with Sexton paired alongside young point guard Darius Garland as the starting backcourt.
League sources have also told Hoops Wire they could see Sexton being traded before the February All-Star Game in Cleveland, or perhaps during the offseason as a restricted free agent, in a move similar to the one the Pelicans made with Lonzo Ball (sent to the Bulls) over the summer.
Many others seem to believe that Sexton and the Cavs will come to agreement on an extension, especially if the Cavs and their young nucleus continue down their current path of competitive basketball.
Nonetheless, questions remain about how comfortable Sexton is with a role that consists of something beyond scoring.
“Sexton’s hustle and competitive fire is unmistakable, and by all accounts he is a great teammate,” opined Josh Cornelissen of Fansided. “Yet Sexton doesn’t want to just be part of an ensemble cast, he wants to be the leading man.”