Collin Sexton is one of the brightest young guards in the NBA today. The 22-year-old continues to get better by the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, it's getting to the point where they may not be able to afford him if he commands a lot of money for his next contract.
After it was reported by multiple sources that the Cavaliers are expected to offer center Jarrett Allen a $100-plus million contract extension, the writing was on the wall for Sexton. After all, he averaged a career-high 24.3 points per game last season and is due for a pay raise when he hits free agency in 2022.
With that being said, most NBA teams would love to have him on their roster, especially when he'd easily be the No. 1 point guard for a few different organizations.
Here's a look a three of the most likely trade destinations for Sexton this offseason.
Collin Sexton Trade Rumors
3. New York Knicks
While the New York Knicks are young and exciting, they don't have a point guard to build around. Yes, they currently have Derrick Rose and he's doing a great job, but he's in his 30s and won't be around forever. Sexton would be young enough to blossom with the likes of Obi Toppin and first-time All-Star Julius Randle as their careers progress. Plus, the fourth-year guard gives the Knicks a player who could work as either the No. 1 or No. 2 option on the court. It might cost a pretty penny, but you can't put a price on success in the NBA.
2. Chicago Bulls
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the Chicago Bulls were considering going after New Orleans Pelicans PG Lonzo Ball this offseason. Even though Ball is a better playmaker and defender than Sexton, he's definitely not as dynamic nor is he a game-changer. Having Sexton, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic on the floor for most of the game would give the Bulls a consistent offense and the ability to shoot the ball from anywhere. If Chicago is truly serious about becoming contenders again, taking a swing at a Sexton trade is an obvious move.
1. New Orleans Pelicans
If Lonzo Ball leaves the New Orleans Pelicans, they'll be without a legitimate guard aside from Eric Bledsoe, who's already 31 years old. They also have Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis Jr., but both players are still pretty young and might not be able to get to that next level just yet. Meanwhile, Sexton could come in and provide some extra firepower. Just like with the Knicks, he's young enough to grow with New Orleans' young core in Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Besides, the Pelicans have missed the playoffs seven times in the last 10 seasons, so they really need to do what they can to prevent another failure of a season.
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