The Cleveland Cavaliers seem set on retaining Collin Sexton.
The Cleveland Cavaliers seem deadset on retaining Collin Sexton. Sexton got hurt during the first clip of the 2021-2022 season and was lost for the year. His injury and the injury to Ricky Rubio, caused the Cavs to make a move for Caris LeVert that didn’t work out that well, and the team fell apart in the last frame of the season.
That collapse caused the Cavs to miss the playoffs, despite the team having a winning record without LeBron James on the roster for the first time since 1998. This has caused a lot of people to wonder what the Cavs would look like for a full year with both Sexton and Rubio back on the roster.
There’s no guarantee Rubio will be back but the Cavs are doing everything possible ott try and get Sexton back.
According to Evan Dammarell, there’s a mutual interest between the two sides.
"As mentioned before, sources say there shouldn’t be much doubt concerning Sexton staying in a Cavaliers uniform. In fact, those sources say that Cleveland doesn’t want to let a homegrown talent like Sexton walk so easily and that the feeling is mutual from Sexton’s side of things as well."
This is great news, as the Cavs aren’t the only team that has a big interest in Sexton.
The Cavaliers may have to contend with the Pistons
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com wrote that the Detroit Pistons would be a potential suitor for Sexton, and that’s one team the Cavs can’t afford to let Sexton get to.
"While multiple sources identified the Detroit Pistons as a potential Sexton suitor — one of the few teams with cap space and a jumbo backcourt partner (Cade Cunningham) that can mask some of the size limitations — will any opposing team make a compelling enough offer sheet the Cavs would be unwilling to match? Remember, this is a guy who hasn’t played since November. Is any team offering him upwards of $20 million annually — a dollar figure sources say he could be seeking?"
The Cavs losing Sexton would be an absolute debacle at this point, they need all the offense they can get without killing their defense. Bringing Sexton back helps keep the defense intact without having to bail on any key pieces.
Losing Sexton to an in-division team would be the utter worst-case scenario. The team can’t afford to lose him regardless, let alone to a team that can directly affect our chances to win the division and makes the playoffs.