Collin Sexton’s free agency saga with the Cleveland Cavaliers has finally ended, with the young guard departing the franchise after being a major piece in the Donovan Mitchell trade with the Utah Jazz.
Sexton was sent to the Jazz alongside Lauri Markkanen, rookie Ochair Agbaji, as well as three unprotected firs-round picks and two pick swaps. He was a restricted free agent though, so his move to the Jazz was a sign-and-trade deal. He agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with Utah in the process.
After the deal was done, Sexton took to Instagram to send his farewell message to the Cavs. He also shared his excitement to get to work with the Jazz franchise, who is set to rebuild after moving their two superstars. Utah previously traded Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves
“Thank you Cleveland,” Sexton wrote. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Fans and the Cavs Organization for the Love and Support you have shown me from the start of my Professional NBA Career! I have enjoyed my time here in Cleveland and appreciate you guys for believing in me. I will be forever Grateful!”
Collin Sexton’s exit was not surprising, especially since he and the Cavs have been at odds over his new contract. Cleveland reportedly wanted to sign him to a three-year, $40 million deal, but he was said to be seeking a deal closer to $20 million per year. He got that with his deal with the Jazz, one which would pay him $18 million a year.
While losing Sexton is a bummer, the Cavs will be happy to have Donovan Mitchell on the team. After all, the explosive guard is a legitimate superstar who could very well be a game-changer for the Wine and Gold.
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