The Cavs are looking to trade Sexton, who is extension-eligible this off-season. He is likely looking for a max-extension, which Cleveland may be reluctant to offer him. That's because the Cavs have Darius Garland in their ranks, with Garland being perceived to be a better playmaker than Collin Sexton.
The 2016 NBA champions also have to offer free agent Jarrett Allen a lucrative deal to stay with them this summer, making it increasingly difficult to offer Collin Sexton an extension. If they end up offering both players deals over $100 million, it will take a severe hit on their salary-cap flexibility for the foreseeable future.
Moreover, they are yet to figure out a way to get rid of Kevin Love's $31.2 million contract for next season.
Reports in the past have suggested that Collin Sexton's Cleveland teammates have been frustrated by the player's ball-dominant style of play. While Sexton may not fit into the Cavs' plans, there is no denying that he has huge potential.
He averaged a career-high 24.3 points and 4.4 assists on 57% true shooting last season. According to NBA trade rumors, the New York Knicks are also heavily interested in his services.
NBA Trade Rumors: OKC Thunder intrigued by the pairing of Collin Sexton and Shai-Gilgeous Alexander
The OKC Thunder appear to be the latest team to show interest in Collin Sexton. He fits the bill for the team in multiple ways. From a roster perspective, he matches the timeline of the Thunder's squad. Sexton is only 22 and has the best years of his career ahead of him.
The OKC Thunder have a high-potential playmaking guard - Shai Gigeous-Alexander - in their ranks. The franchise thinks Sexton could be a great fit alongside Alexander. As reported by Evan d'Amarell of FearTheSword in this regard:
"Confirming the reporting out there that the Oklahoma City Thunder could be a trade destination for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton. A source says the Thunder like the pairing of Sexton with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and have the draft picks in order to make a deal happen."
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Collin Sexton could form a solid backcourt pairing for the foreseeable future. The OKC Thunder are projected to have a significant amount of cap space ($37 million) available in the summer, so offering Sexton an extension shouldn't be a problem for them.
As for the trade assets, the OKC Thunder have a bevy of draft capital available, which they could offer to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Collin Sexton, as mentioned by d'Amarell in his aforementioned report.
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