Report: Cavs were talking to Collin Sexton about an extension worth around $20 million a year before his injury
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton is currently recovering from a torn meniscus he suffered earlier in the 2021-22 season.
Prior to going on the shelf, Sexton was averaging 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game on 45.0% shooting from the field and 24.4% shooting from a field. at 3 dots.
Sexton, who is currently in the final year of his rookie contract, failed to agree to a contract extension with the team before the start of the regular season.
According to a report, the Cavs and Sexton had discussed a fairly lucrative deal.
“You can make the case that he’s a wild card and maybe get a short-term deal from what he originally thought,” HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto said of Sexton during a recent podcast episode. “When he was in extension talks with Cleveland, they were talking, depending on which side you ask for their perspective, a lot of money. They were talking about $20 million or more (per year), as one party wanted. This has not been done. He was injured, unfortunately, and he will be the biggest wild card this summer when it comes to free agency.
Sexton will become a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason as long as the Cavs make him a qualifying offer.
Since being drafted by the Cavaliers as the 8th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Sexton has averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He proved he had a knack for scoring the ball.
Cleveland hasn’t missed a beat without Sexton, compiling a 28-19 record without him this season. The team was led by All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen as well as rookie great Evan Mobley.
The Cavs have struggled to score at times, but they recently acquired Caris LeVert to alleviate that problem.
With 58 games played so far, the Cavs are currently 35-23. Despite their youth, they look set to make some noise in this season’s playoffs and beyond.
Only time will tell if Sexton continues his career in Cleveland.