As with Kevin Love, this isn’t a player I want to see moved, just one that could be moved if things don’t go according to plan. The Cleveland Cavaliers want to retain Collin Sexton. Sexton wants to remain with the Cavaliers. It makes sense the two sides would come to an agreement on a new contract.
That doesn’t mean they will, and that has to be a consideration when we talk about the likelihood of moving on from a player. Lauri Markkanen was in the same shoes as Sexton last season with the Chicago Bulls, the Bulls didn’t want to pay Markkanen what the big man wanted, so they found some trade partners for him. Markkanen went to Cleveland, Larry Nance went to Portland, and Chicago got hosed.
A perfect trade. Chicago only got back a declining Derrick Jones Jr, and a second-round pick for Markkanen. That’s truly a great deal.
Sexton may find himself in a similar circumstance, however. If he wants more than the team feels he’s worth, new GM Mike Gansey may want to move on from Sexton. It could be simply money and wanting to keep the team free and clear of any headaches or Gansey may see this as a way to put his fingerprints on the team.
That doesn’t mean I want to move on from Sexton, it’s hard to find his kind of offensive output, and considering the struggles the team had in the second half with scoring, moving on from Sexton no longer makes sense.
Not unless you can replace him with a huge get.