RUMOR: Cavs guard Collin Sexton emerges as potential target of OKC
The big news of the offseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers was their reluctance to extend guard Collin Sexton. The fourth-year guard saw several of his peers get massive new deals while his future in Cleveland remains unresolved.
With an extension off the table, the Cavs keep open the possibility that Collin Sexton could be poached by another team. The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly emerged as one of the interested parties to acquire the high-scoring guard from Cleveland.
Via Cavs reporter Evan Dammarell:
First off, Cleveland could also risk possibly losing him to another team in free agency as well. There aren’t many teams out there who have the salary cap space that makes sense for Sexton other than the Detroit Pistons, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans that could outbid Cleveland in free agency.
Of those aforementioned teams, the Thunder could be a legitimate threat since, according to sources, Oklahoma City is intrigued by the pairing of Sexton alongside budding superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and their bevy of youngsters.
The Cavs would still own the right of first refusal given that Collin Sexton is a restricted free agent. However, if the Thunder or any other team get Sexton to sign a massive offer sheet, Cleveland may not be so inclined to match given that they weren’t too privy on signing him to an extension this offseason.
The potential pairing of Collin Sexton with incumbent lead guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is definitely intriguing for a young Thunder squad still trying to form its identity. With SGA being a big ball-handler and others like Lu Dort on the roster to help compensate for Sexton’s defensive deficiencies, the move makes sense for OKC.
A lot of this depends on how Collin Sexton performs this season. The clock is ticking on the Cavs guard to make a leap.