For the time being, a trade of Collin Sexton by the Cavaliers appears to be increasingly unlikely during the free agency period, or perhaps even anytime before the season, reported Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
Sexton was said to be “very available” ahead of the NBA Draft last week, but talks apparetly have quieted. The Cavs have been far from desperate to move him in spite of multiple reports, sources told Hoops Wire on Monday prior to the start of free agency.
Cleveland reportedly spoke to multiple teams about Sexton, who is eligible for a rookie-scale contract extension. But opponents are aware of the large payday Sexton is believed to be seeking after leading the Cavs in scoring, and have been hesitant to pull the trigger on a deal, sources said.
So far this offseason, the Cavs selected center/forward Evan Mobley in the draft and traded small forward Taurean Prince to the Timberwolves for veteran point guard Ricky Rubio. So presumably, they would be seeking a shooting guard as part of the return for Sexton.
Cavs general manager Koby Altman very well could re-engage in Sexton talks prior to the start of the season in October or closer to the trade deadline in February as the deadline for a new contract nears.
Cleveland is set to host the All-Star Game in 2021-22 and is looking to take a big step toward playoff contention after finishing 22-50 last season.
Sexton averaged a career-best 24.3 points, shooting 48 percent from the field and 37 percent on 3-pointers in 60 games. He has missed just 12 games in his three-year career, all in 2020-21.