Cavs guard Collin Sexton isn’t expecting a max extension.
Well, the pieces seem to be coming together. For a while now, we didn’t know what the Cavs goal was for the team. There have been rumors about Collin Sexton being on the block, conversations about certain players at the deadline, and even a new rumor that Darius Garland could be moved for the right price. One of the bigger surprises, however, came with Sexton and how the Cavaliers were willing to talk a new deal with him after all.
No one knew why the team would change course so dramatically and go from trying to trade him, to trying to sign him. After all, the biggest rumored reason the Cavaliers were wanting to ship him out wasn’t due to him, but the contract many thought he’d get. That no longer appears to be an issue.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com recently revealed his findings on the Sexton extension situation on the latest episode of his podcast, revealing that Sexton and his camp no longer expect a max, from anyone;
"I think there’s a recognition on Collins’s part that they’re not getting the max, not from Cleveland and not from another team in the NBA. That’s just the sense that I get right now. It is, they are going to ask for $100 million contract plus. And then I don’t know what the number after that is going to be."
The lack of max-money clearly makes Collin Sexton a chip worth keeping
Many in the media and around the NBA have said time and time again that Collin Sexton is a good player; he’s just not a max contract guy. That was the big sticking point for keeping the young guard. He scores, but he can’t or won’t do anything else.
Even when he scores, it’s usually from inside the three-point line, while the Cavs defense is giving up three-point shots all night. Making Sexton’s output highly inefficient and ineffective in the long run. Sexton needs a three-point shooting compliment or to be the number two to a superstar. That’s where many believe Sexton would thrive.
A guy who can’t dominate a game shouldn’t get max money, and most people agree with that. While Sexton’s stats are full, they’re not filling. Leaving the Cavs to search for players who can be the guy who can lead the team to the playoffs. Sexton is an important piece to the puzzle, but he’s not Luka Doncic.
He’s not enough to get the Cavaliers to the playoffs.
If Fedor’s rumor is true then Sexton is likely going to accept less money, probably on a shorter deal, with the hopes that he can prove his detractors wrong on his third contract. If he can lead the Cavaliers or be a huge piece as to why the Cavs get back to the playoffs, Sexton can then cash after the fact. Be it in Cleveland or elsewhere.