The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to carry on from their success from the last NBA season with a good run starting this 2022. However, they need to have the right personnel to do so. Would that list include Collin Sexton?

Before anything else, it would be best to note that the Cavs attracted a lot of attention without the 8th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He played in all but 11 games last season on account of a torn meniscus and then surgery.

This led to the Cavs turning to Darius Garland instead. Thanks to his efforts, Cleveland rewarded him with a three-year $40 million deal.

Although the Cavs are still $13 million below the luxury tax, the team is unlikely to go over that just to accommodate Sexton.

According to Chris Fedor of, the Cavs met with Sexton’s agent Rich Paul. Known to be a player-friendly person, it comes as no surprise that contract talks are now at a standstill.

It appears that neither side is budging as far as the acceptable financial terms of any deal are concerned. Worse, there are also questions about the 23-year-old’s health coming off an injury.

A plausible move by Sexton would be to consider a qualifying offer of $7.2 million for the coming season. He needs to return and increase his value before he dreams of getting higher pay.

His return from injury remains unclear. That would get clarity once he starts playing and gets back into his groove. Add the fact that the cap is expected to go up in the coming years, and the chances of Sexton getting a bigger salary in the coming years is a possibility.

Hence, for now, Sexton may have to lower expectations – the same with Rich Paul. The only exception is that another NBA team could offer better money. But given the fact that he is coming off an injury, the changes of that do not look promising.

Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images | Jason Miller

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