In line with Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers and guard Collin Sexton have failed to succeed in a contract extension previous to Monday’s deadline (6PM EST). Because of this, Sexton will turn into a restricted free agent in 2022, the place the Cavs could have the correct to match any supply sheet that the 22-year-old indicators.
Sexton, whose identify was swirling closely within the rumor mill earlier this offseason with experiences that the Cavs have been trying to commerce him, has had a curler coaster experience in his time in Cleveland. As a rookie, his teammates have been reportedly pissed off together with his play and, although a number of the criticism was certainly legitimate, Sexton has steadily improved whereas changing into the group’s most constant quantity scorer since being drafted.
The truth is, Sexton’s profession scoring common (20.2) ranks third in his draft class (2018), solely behind star guards Luka Doncic and Trae Young. His profession 3-point share (38.5) ranks fifth in his draft class.
That being mentioned, Sexton’s downside areas (passing and protection) have been a thorn within the aspect of Cleveland, a franchise already missing constant playmaking and perimeter protection.
Although Sexton’s work ethic and enchancment so far may make practically anybody imagine in him, from purely a enterprise perspective, discovering the precise quantity that Sexton ought to be paid may come all the way down to what they see from him throughout their 2021-22 marketing campaign.
Happily for Sexton, gamers like Michael Porter Jr.—one other participant valued for his offensive contributions with work to place forth in different areas of the sport—have received max contracts that ought to give him an inexpensive case to count on the identical.
If Sexton has improved as a ball-mover and savvy defender, chances are high that he’ll command prime greenback regardless.