Trading Collin Sexton of the Cavs for this Knicks package is an insult.
The Cavs are pretty set on trading Collin Sexton due to the forthcoming price tag that he’ll want, and how little he actually deserves that salary. It’s not that he’s a bad player, it’s just that he’s not worth what a rookie-max contract will give him. So many teams are circling and looking into a trade for him. The Knicks are one such team.
The “official trade rumor” that the Knicks offered the Cavs is downright insulting.
This trade is flat-out awful and is a giant joke of an offer. If this were the best trade deal the Cavs got from any team, they would be better off signing Collin Sexton to an extension.
Why the Knicks offer to the Cavs is insulting
First, let’s admit something; Obi Toppin and Kevin Knox are bad players. Toppin barely got on the court this year because he was so bad in practice and when he did, he had one moderately nice game. He didn’t take over the game, he didn’t change the flow of the game, he just played above what he had been doing. Knox doesn’t even have that going for him. He’s regressed every year with the Knicks since he was drafted, and oh, by the way, many thought the Knicks reached for him in the first place.
Secondly, the first-round pick is barely a first-round pick. Once a first-round pick drops out of the Top 10, it’s just as valuable as a second-round pick. To trade for a guy like Sexton, you’d either need a really high pick or a really good prospect.
A trade that would be acceptable is one that nets the Cavs someone like Tyler Herro; a player with skills right now and a high ceiling. A player like Knox or Toppin? No. Just because they’re young players doesn’t make them good prospects.