Interestingly, Knicks salary-cap expert Brock Aller held the position of director of basketball operations with the Cavs from 2017-2020. Before that, he spent a decade as assistant to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.
So Aller once worked with current Cavs general manager Koby Altman, and currently serves under Knicks president Leon Rose. So the connection is there, and the teams have regularly been in contact about trades since Aller arrived in New York.
As for Sexton, he is “very available” in trade talks, as Jason Lloyd of The Athletic wrote. Along with the Knicks, sources told Hoops Wire the Pacers, Pelicans, Heat, Lakers and Thunder also have a strong interest in Sexton.
But the Knicks may have at least as much to offer as anyone.
“The Knicks have a surplus of future first-round picks — including the Nos. 19 and 21 selections in this year’s draft — at their disposal and remain in the market for a long-term answer at point guard, though it’s unclear if Sexton is capable of being that answer,” wrote Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors.
Sexton is coming off an especially excellent season, averaging a career-best 24.3 points to lead Cleveland in scoring. He also shot 48 percent from the field and 37 percent on 3-pointers in 60 games.
But he is eligible for a rookie-scale extension, and it is believed he will be seeking maximum contract. The Cavs clearly have weighed whether he’s a max-level player. They own the No. 3 overall pick, and could potentially draft or trade for a more “traditional” shooting guard to pair with rising point guard Darius Garland.
“Putting the ball in his hands changes the course of the franchise,” one prominent source told Hoops Wire of Garland.
It is believed the Cavs would like to include power forward Kevin Love in a Sexton trade, but would also be willing to deal each player as separate deals, sources said.
“NBA players capable of efficiently averaging 24+ points per night are rare, so if the price is right (in terms of both the trade return and his next contract), Sexton could be a worthwhile investment for the Knicks or another team,” Adams wrote.