The Heat and Jazz have each expressed interest in a sign-and-trade for Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, league sources told Hoops Wire.
Sexton is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavs can match any offer from another team to keep him. For now, it seems, the rest of the NBA is waiting to see what develops with the Nets, and their attempts to trade Kevin Durant, and possibly, Kyrie Irving.
The Heat are reportedly in pursuit of Durant and said to be second on his wish list, behind only the Suns. Heat GM Andy Elisburg and Nets GM Sean Marks had dinner in Las Vegas, home of the summer league, presumably to discuss Durant, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Meanwhile, Sexton seemingly has not been generating much outside interest, but that may be because the entire league is on hold, as again, it awaits the Durant outcome.
That said, the Cavs are confident they will eventually come to terms with Sexton and agent Rich Paul, and that Sexton will be back in the fold next season, sources said.
All-Star point guard Darius Garland, for one, reportedly is rooting for a Sexton return.
There also has been some talk of the Mavericks displaying interest after losing Jalen Brunson to the Knicks. But sources told Hoops Wire the Mavs have not reached out to the Cavs, nor Sexton, as Dallas is still weighing its own options.
Sexton appeared in just 11 games last season before being shut down with a torn MCL. At the time of the injury, he was averaging a team-best 16.0 points. That followed a season in which he averaged 24.3 points. The Cavs admired how he took a step back in shot attempts for the good of the team during his brief run last year.
One source said he viewed it as “unlikely” the Cavs will trade Sexton before the season.