Cavs rumors: Gap in Collin Sexton contract talks, Mavs potential suitor

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In Cavs rumors, Cleveland’s offered unrestricted free agent Collin Sexton a new contract, but the two sides look to be miles apart on getting a deal done.

Sexton is looking for $20 million per year, while the Cavs’ offer was rumored to be for three years at $51 million “during early extension talks,” according to the Bleacher Report. It’s a contract similar to the pact received by Jordan Clarkson.

That’s where the chickens may be coming home to roost when it comes to how the Cavs have hyped Sexton ever since making the 8th pick in the draft. The organization has hyped him as a super-star, 20-point per game scorer since day one, even though many experts predicted Sexton’s best role may be as a 6th man.

In Sexton’s absence, the Cavs got good, and guess what? He’d be a great a sixth man on this team, proving those prognosticators correct.

The Cavs made a qualifying offer to Sexton, meaning they can match any offer the Alabama product receivers. He is represented by Klutch Sports. Backcourt teammate Darius Garland is also represented by the group.

Per Hoops Wire’s Sam Amico, the Mavs could be a destination for Sexton if Dallas loses Jalen Brunson.

More Cavs rumors, offseason chatter

1. The Bleacher Report article echoed what fans have been hearing for weeks. The team wants Ricky Rubio back. Unfortunately, it might not be until January when the Spanish Olympian is ready to play.

2. ESPN’s Bobby Marks listed the Cavs’ most tradable contracts, and unsurprisingly, Kevin Love came in at No. 1.

Love is making $28,942,830 this season and that number comes off the books at season’s end.

Here’s most tradable contracts 2-4, per Marks.

“Jarrett Allen: $20,000,000; unrestricted free agent in 2026
Caris LeVert: $18,796,296; unrestricted free agent in 2023
Lauri Markkanen: $16,475,454; unrestricted free agent in 2025 (partial guarantee in 2024-25)”

3. LeVert is obviously a name to watch, and his future may be tied to what happens with Sexton. I just can’t see a place where Cleveland needs two ball-dominant guards.

Next. 20 years ago, this Cleveland team figure out how to win a trade. dark

LeVert never seemed to fit with this Cavs roster and didn’t look like the 20.0 ppg scorer he was billed to be while in a Wine and Gold uniform.