Loaded backcourt in Cavs
Sexton missed playing most of last season after undergoing surgery to repair his torn meniscus. Surprisingly, the Cavs held fort without him. Darius Garland blossomed into a leader and All-Star caliber. His pick-and-rolls with the bigs created nightmares for other teams. Cleveland was bound for the postseason until a late-season collapse doomed their dreams. But one thing is clear: the future is bright for the young Cavs squad with or without Sexton.
The front office also brought back Ricky Rubio to provide mentorship to Garland, Evan Mobley, and Isaac Okoro. The question now remains: where will Collin fit in? The former University of Alabama standout has the talent and the makings of a future star in the NBA. But will his inclusion in the lineup hamper the development of other guards?
Sexton averaged 24.3 points and 4.4 assists in the 2020-21 season, both career-highs and easily the best year of his young career. It remains to be seen if he can reproduce the same success once he’s back playing, but where will he end up?
There were rumors that he wasn’t a great teammate after videos of Kevin Love getting frustrated over a play surfaced. Unfortunately, the veterans allegedly didn’t want him.
Love clarified his actions in an Instagram post. But can Sexton fit his game as a role player coming off the bench? With averages of 10.5 points in 10 games off the bench in his entire career, there is reason to doubt he can fit in that role.
The waiting game
The Cavs offered a 3-year, $40 million contract to Collin, or about $10 million per year less than the guard hopes to get. Is he worth more than the offer? It’s for him to increase his value as the season progresses. However, betting on himself is a risky game. If the season turned out opposite of what he expected, the offer might be rescinded, or he’d get lowball offers from other teams.
The Cavs are also limited financially. They signed Garland to an extension worth $231 million. If they couldn’t sign Collin to a deal, then it might be time to explore options to trade him. Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets are still at odds. Could a young, exciting core in Cleveland entice KD to look their way?
Collin Sexton knows what he brings to the table. The Cavs, on the other hand, are limited with their options. Now, the ball is in the fiery guard’s court. This season is a make-or-break for him. He must accomplish two things this year: prove that he could be a team player and win more games for Cleveland.