Just moments after he was selected, Sexton made an appeal for James to re-sign with Cleveland, saying "I see you need a few extra pieces this past season, and let's do it. Let's go back to the Finals". He's been quiet about what he'll do when his contract is up at the end of the month. Instead, he has seemingly used it as motivation, consistently putting up big numbers while his relationship with LeBron James, one that some thought was rocky early on, continues to trend in the right direction.
If No. 23 bolts, the Cavs could decide to gut their roster and begin to rebuild; if James stays, they could either get younger or add a fresh batch of veteran stars to play alongside the King and maybe, just maybe, (somehow) give the Cavaliers a legitimate chance to take down the Warriors. And it's rare that teams have a chance to sign the best player in the world.
But ESPN's Kellerman thinks that if there is any way that James will stay at Quicken Loans Arena, it will be because other avenues with the Lakers, the Rockets and the 76ers have been shut down.
But apparently the Cavs are now projecting attachment to Love, either way.
The 33-year-old is not expected to reveal his intentions until after the draft.
After yielding to Irving's request and trading him, the Cavs spent all last season trying to replace him.More news: Former Turtle Bay Club Pro Tony Finau shares lead at 118th U
The Cavs can offer him a five-year, $209 million deal this time. "The unknown is something that you try to just put out of your hands for a certain amount of time".
Ken Berger of Bleacher Report reached out to several executives around the National Basketball Association following the draft to ask them if the Cavs drafting Colin Sexton matters to LeBron, and there was definitive consensus.
So, Pluto says the team has to start thinking long-term. They never came close, and without a dependable second scoring option or a guard, James was forced to shoulder a heavier load than ever. And our guys, our young guys, got some really good experience this year.
The Lakers have been considered a potential landing spot for James in large part due to their abundance of salary cap space and emerging young roster.
"We're incredibly excited about Collin Sexton and the attitude, work ethic, his competitive fire, he's a scorer, but I just love his competitiveness that he's going to bring to this franchise and the energy that he's going to bring to this building", Altman said.