There’s a ton of money exchanging hands this NBA offseason, but it looks like Collin Sexton isn’t likely to be taking a large piece of that pie. Given where things currently stand on his contract negotiations with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that a deal gets done in the near future.
According to Cavs reporter Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the rumblings from Collin Sexton’s camp indicate that the team’s standing offer of $40 million over three years is far from what they’re after – and that they could take a more extreme route to get the figure they want.
“The offer I reported, the three-year around $40 million, I don’t get the sense Collin Sexton and his camp would take that,” said Fedor on the Lowe Post. “I don’t think they would take a multi-year deal at that number. In fact, I think it would be more likely they would take the qualifying offer, go into unrestricted free agency next offseason. Try to rebuild the value before that. Show that you can be healthy. Show that the meniscus tear is behind you. Show you can adapt to a lesser sixth man role. All those different things. I think that is more likely than taking the multi-year offer that the Cavs have made at this point in time.”
Collin Sexton is a polarizing player as far as evaluations go. His scoring ability can be matched up against some of the best point producers in the league. He had a breakout campaign two seasons ago, averaging 24.3 points per game on solid shooting numbers of 47.5 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from the three-point arc. Sexton and the Cavs were unable to come to terms on an extension last offseason, with the then third-year guard reportedly seeking a deal with an annual salary at the $25 million range.
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After a season-ending injury and the rise of Darius Garland, Collin Sexton has seen his market value decline immensely. The deal on table as reported stands at less than $ 15 million in annual salary and would be for less guaranteed years, which could prompt him to go out for a prove-it year and garner larger offers should he boldly take the qualifying offer.
Taking a one-year deal fresh after a season-ending injury is certainly a bold move, but when has Collin Sexton every lacked in confidence?