The summer is not over for the various teams, as there are still some very important players on the market. We can obviously talk about Kevin Durant, but also about leader Collin Sexton. The latter is still waiting to be paid, but finds no agreement with the Cavaliers. He could leave the ship very soon.
While the season will resume with the month of September, at least for training camp, the future of several players remains very undecided. It’s unclear if Kevin Durant will return with the Nets, as will Kyrie Irving. Same story for Russell Westbrook, more than ever on the departure of the Lakers, although his front office cannot find him a way out. Another franchise that has to manage a complex file? The knights.
While the Suns had a positive outcome with Deandre Ayton, who will eventually stay in Arizona, it’s not the same story in Ohio. In question ? Collin Sexton, who has still not reached an agreement to extend his contract. Despite the talent of the player, the leaders refuse to release a large sum, since the leader is coming out of a serious meniscus injury. Moreover, the interest is non-existent for the number 2 at the moment.
Very complicated summer for Collin Sexton
Sexton could have put pressure on his front office by signing another deal, but nobody really wants to bet on the player. His injury and the risk of relapse are worrying, which means he doesn’t have many options. According to Chris Fedor, on the podcast of journalist Zach Lowe, Cleveland is trying to retain him with an offer, but the latter is far from his expectations.
The offer I’ve heard of is about $40 million for the next three years. For the time being, I don’t have the impression that Collin Sexton and his clan really want to accept such a proposal. They do not want to commit to the long term, even less with this amount. I think they are capable of refusing, and taking the qualifying offer.
By taking what is called the OQ, Sexton will extend his adventure for an additional year with Cleveland, before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2023. The idea? A bet on himself. He returns to the same place, with the firm intention of achieving a great season, to pick up a small jackpot in a year. It’s obviously risky, but it can pay off, literally:
Sexton can take his QO, and become an unrestricted free agent in a year. He will try to boost his rating with the teams during this time. To prove that he is in good health, that his meniscus injury is behind him, that he can take on a role as a sixth man. That sort of thing. I think that scenario is more likely than Cleveland’s offer.
Coming out of a big injury, Collin Sexton no longer really has value on the market, to the point that the Cavaliers are taking advantage of it. A blow for the young player, who probably wants to bet on himself for this new season. He still has a few weeks to make his choice.