Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman faced the press on Monday’s Media Day and one of the hottest topics centered around the future of Collin Sexton with the Cavs. Altman appears to have quashed all the trade rumors after he made it abundantly clear that he wants Sexton to remain in Cleveland for the long haul.
According to Altman, the Cavs are already working on extending Sexton’s deal with the team:
“We want him here long term,” Altman said, via cleveland.com. “He wants to be here long term. We’re working with his representation to see that through, but this is someone that has been with us since the start of this thing and we love him. We will deal with that behind closed doors. The feelings are mutual in terms of something long term.”
Previous reports suggested that the Cavs had placed Sexton on the trade block. Cleveland has been linked to a move on Sixers want-away star Ben Simmons, and Sexton was also rumored to be part of a potential trade package. Conflicting reports suggested, however, that the Cavs were already negotiating a long-term extension with the 22-year-old, whose current deal expires at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Based on Altman’s definitive statement above, however, it is clear that the Cavs want Sexton to remain in Cleveland. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of moving parts involved in this situation, and up and until Sexton puts pen to paper, anything can still happen.