After four straight trips to the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and have a combined 60 wins during that span. Now, the Cavs could be moving on from one of their core rebuilding pieces as point guard Collin Sexton is "very available" on the trade market, according to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd.
Sexton, who was the 8th overall pick in 2018, averaged career-highs in points (24.3) and assists (4.4) on .475/.371/.815 shooting splits in the 2020-21 season. However, Lloyd is reporting that Cleveland doesn't want to give him a max contract (five years, $168 million) this summer and could win up moving him, perhaps in a deal where he'll be paired with PF Kevin Love.
Here's a look at the three most likely trade destinations for Sexton this offseason.
Collin Sexton Trade Rumors
1. New York Knicks
Derrick Rose, Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina are all set to becoming free agents in some form this summer, which means that the New York Knicks might be looking for a new point guard. Enter Sexton. Considering how he's set to make just over $6.3 million in 2021-22, the Knicks don't have to worry about sending a large contract back to the Cavaliers (unless Love is included). They also have some decent young players that can help Cleveland's rebuild. Plus, Sexton being 22 years old means that he fits in with New York's young core of R.J. Barrett, Julius Randle, and Obi Toppin, among others. With the Knicks finishing this past season as the Eastern Conference's No. 4 seed, they need that one offensive piece who can take them to the next level and that man could be Sexton.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
After how disappointing the 2020-21 NBA season was to the Los Angeles Lakers, management will do everything that it can to ensure that doesn't happen again next year. That means surrounding LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the best players available. Bringing in Sexton would give the Lakers a promising young player and legitimate No. 3 scoring option. There have been rumblings that L.A. could move on from Kyle Kuzma this offseason and sending him to Cleveland as part of a trade for Sexton could give him the fresh start that he needs. Meanwhile, the Lakers would cement themselves as a favorite in the Western Conference.
3. Boston Celtics
Like the Lakers, the Boston Celtics didn't live up to expectations this season. After finishing the campaign with a 36-36 record, the Celtics were bounced out of the playoffs by the Brooklyn Nets in five games. Now, they're trying to figure out how to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference. Trading for Sexton would certainly help. A big part of Boston's failures towards the end of the year is that its backcourt was lacking the moment that Jaylen Brown sustained a season-ending wrist injury. Having Sexton on the team would help in case that ever happened again while giving the Celtics a 'Big 3' of their own. Boston has 13 players who are 25 or younger in their organization, which gives the Cavaliers a wide variety when it comes to younger guys who can help them with their rebuild.
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