Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor said the Cleveland Cavaliers and security guard Collin Sexton did not obtain a contract extension before the deadline on Monday (6pm EST). As a result, Sexton will become a restricted free agent in 2022, with the Cavs having the right to match any bid sheet the 22-year-old signs.
Sexton, whose name was circulating the rumor mill earlier this off-season, with reports that the Cavs were about to trade him, had a roller coaster ride while in Cleveland. As a rookie, his teammates were reportedly frustrated with his game and while some of the criticisms were indeed legitimate, Sexton has steadily improved and has become the team’s most consistent goalscorer since his draft.
In fact, Sexton’s career score (20.2) ranks third in his draft class (2018), just behind Star Guards Luka Doncic and Trae Young. His career 3 point percentage (38.5) ranks fifth in his design class.
That being said, Sexton’s problem areas (passing and defense) have been a thorn in the side of Cleveland, a franchise that already lacks consistent game design and perimeter defense.
While Sexton’s work ethic and improvement up to this point could make almost anyone believe in him, figuring out the exact amount Sexton should pay, from a purely business perspective, could boil down to what they were doing during their 2021-22 campaign see him.
Fortunately for Sexton, players like Michael Porter Jr. – another player valued for his offensive contributions with work in other areas of the game – have received maximum contracts that should give him a reasonable reason to expect the same.
If sexton Has improved as a ball mover and accomplished defender, the chances are good he’ll command top dollars anyway.