Collin Sexton trade rumors are starting to pick up as the Cleveland Cavaliers consider the future.
There’s no actual bubble for the NBA Playoffs this year, but there’s always been one that separates the contenders from the pretenders.
For the Cleveland Cavaliers, they’ve once again been banished to the outskirts of basketball relevancy following the second departure of LeBron James three years ago. As another losing season is being processed, the front office in Cleveland is desperately trying to figure out to build a winning roster.
One possible route could be to include Collin Sexton in what is almost certainly going to be an offseason of upheaval.
Two anonymous executives spoke with Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plains-Dealer and suggested the Cavs should trade Sexton this offseason.
"Two NBA people I respect suggest the Cavs trade Sexton. One likes him a lot, one is lukewarm. But their point is the team should only sign Allen (a restricted free agent) to a $100 million deal. Because of the Love contract, the Cavs can’t pay Allen and Sexton tons of cash without crushing the salary cap."
Collin Sexton trade rumors beginning to surface
For a fan base that has been stuck in perpetual rebuilding mode, even at times when LeBron was in town still, hearing that Sexton could be traded away can’t feel good.
Kevin Love is almost certainly going to be traded or bought out this offseason, and beyond him and Sexton the Cavs roster couldn’t be picked out of a grocery store line.
Complicating matters is the fact that the Cavs are in a really tough spot financially. Love is on the books for $30 million for two more seasons, Jarrett Allen is a restricted free agent and will likely get a rich new deal, and the extension Cleveland gave Darius Garland has yet to kick in as well.
Moving Sexton seems like an odd move given that he’s a former lottery pick from just a few years ago and is a young guard still years out from his prime. But the Cavaliers have some difficult decisions ahead and one of those could be to cut bait on a young rising star and start over once again.