The future of Collin Sexton with the Cleveland Cavaliers is anything but certain at this point. With free agency fast approaching, no less than five teams are now being linked to the 23-year-old guard.
According to Evan Dammarell of Right Down Euclid, Sexton has unsurprisingly emerged as a wanted man in free agency. It is clear that the Cavs now have competition for the former eighth overall pick’s signature:
Prior to the NBA Draft, league sources said shared with Right Down Euclid that the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs were all interested in acquiring Sexton. But, after the draft, those same sources said that the Pistons and Pacers have cooled on their pursuit of Sexton, shifting their focus to Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges. But, when it comes to the Wizards and Spurs, all three remain interested in acquiring Sexton to varying degrees depending on how free agency goes for them the same source said.
The Pistons and the Pacers have reportedly fallen behind in the race. However, the Knicks, the Spurs, and the Hornets appear to still be hot on Sexton’s trail.
It is worth noting, however, that the Cavs seem to be intent on keeping Sexton. Cleveland recently extended the qualifying offer on their young guard, thereby making him a restricted free agent. This means that the Cavs will be able to match any offer sheet from an opposing team, if they wish.
Dammarell also reports that Sexton could be looking at a deal in the region of $20 million per year.