NBA free agency: Cavaliers offer three-year offer to Collin Sexton but unlikely to accept, per report

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A year ago, Collin Sexton looked like a top potential player. He was only averaging 24.3 points per game in his third season in the NBA, and with Evan Mobley coming on, it wasn’t hard to imagine him at the forefront of a Cavaliers revival. Instead, he suffered a torn meniscus and missed most of the season. Darius Garland supplanted him as Cleveland’s top ball handler, and the Cavaliers returned to the postseason without him.

Now Sexton’s future is in the air. As a restricted free agent, he has been on the open market for almost a month without a strong offer. Coming into the offseason, reports indicated he was expecting a $20 million a year deal. None materialized. Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor reported on the Wine & Gold Talk Podcast that the Cavaliers have an offer on the table to keep Sexton, but it’s not one he’s likely to take. According to Fedor, Cleveland’s current offer is approximately $40 million over three seasons.

Such a deal would pay Sexton above the mid-level exception, but it would be far below what a point guard of his ilk earns. An average salary of $13.3 million a year would make Sexton the 30th highest-paid point guard in the NBA, behind the likes of Markelle Fultz and Tyus Jones. None of them achieved nearly as much as an individual player.

But strict free agency rules severely limited Sexton’s market when free agency began. Cleveland reserves the right to match any offer made to Sexton, and they would have two full days to do so, so no team with room on the edge would risk getting out of the free agency derby anticipated by a player they may not be. able to guarantee. Now, there are only two teams left with cap space: Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. Unless one of them makes Sexton an offer, a down payment is their only way out of Cleveland at the moment.

An alternative for Sexton would be to sign the one-year qualifying offer that Cleveland had to make to keep his rights restricted. Doing so would make him an unrestricted free agent next offseason, free to sign any team he chooses. It wouldn’t be a perfect option, but right now, there’s not much else on the table for Cleveland’s young guard.

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