Utah has been engaged in several trade discussions and have broached the idea of a sign-and-trade arrangement with Cleveland for Sexton.
Well Sexton is very much on the Jazz’s radar, sources said they are determined what to do with Donovan Mitchell first. They remain active in trade talks and likely would not fully pursue a Sexton trade or outright offer sheet until after a resolution is reached on Mitchell, sources said.
But Sexton is believed to be high on their list. He is currently in a standstill in talks with the Cavs. Per several reports, the Cavs have put an offer on the table, and are waiting for Sexton to either accept, or see if he can find a better deal.
Should he find another deal, sources believe the Cavs will match and keep him. For now, the Cavs believe he will be back, and it is not known if the Jazz can convince them otherwise.
That said, Utah stocked up on draft picks after trading Rudy Gobert to the Timberwolves, and is likely to do the same if the organization is able to move Mitchell. So the Jazz have no shortage of assets.
Sexton, 23, appeared in just 11 games last season before suffering a torn MCL. At the time, he was averaging a team-best 16.0 points. He averaged 24.3 points in 2020-21.
If Sexton doesn’t want the Cavs’ offer, another option would be to accept their qualifying offer — which would pay him $7.2 million next season, then make him an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
He has an Oct. 1 deadline to decide on a qualifying offer, and it may take every bit that long before we see a resolution.
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