Cavs guard Collin Sexton may have publicly aired his dissatisfaction with team.
While not known to be particularly outspoken on social media, the eighth overall pick to the Cavs from the 2018 NBA Draft used a seemingly cryptic message as the caption for his latest Instagram post of himself training in a field, reading “I ain’t where I want to be”.
If this is indeed the case, it is not hard to fathom why Sexton would be frustrated with his current situation.
Leading the team in scoring with 24.3 points per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, General Manager Koby Altman constantly harped on his value as part of the team’s young core going forward.
Despite that, his name had constantly been linked to multiple trade scenarios for the past few months.
Collin Sexton is still looking for a major contract
Sexton’s camp has also been reported to be seeking a max extension similar to Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox’s (five years, $163M) for the 22-year-old, who is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the upcoming season.
However, about two weeks ago, reports indicate that while an extension is back on the table, the actual numbers could be lower than they initially hoped for.
Cavaliers beat writer Chris Fedor mentioned on Cleveland.com’s Wine & Gold Talk podcast:
"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."
By most accounts, the 6-foot-1 combo guard enjoys playing in Cleveland and prefers to stay on for the long term.
After all, he was also seen working out with teammates Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen only a few weeks ago where they went to support this year’s third overall pick Evan Mobley, Isaac Okoro, and the rest of the Summer League team in Las Vegas.
Perhaps this is just reading too much into a totally harmless and unrelated post. The days leading up to training camp will undoubtedly bring more clarity to this ‘Collin Sexton situation’. Of course, he could very well mean his own personal growth as a player, given the context of the photos.