After losing Jalen Brunson, the Dallas Mavericks could pursue a sign-and-trade deal for Cleveland’s restricted free agent Collin Sexton, Chris Fedor of cleveland.com reports (h/t Hoopshype).
Despite the alleged interest, the Cavaliers do not seem so willing to talk on a deal about Sexton as they “are not very attracted” from what the Mavs have to offer, per Fedor. The explosive guard missed most of the season with injury and played just eleven games.
If a team offers the young guard a contract, the Cavs can just match it and sign him. However, in that case, the Mavericks don’t have the cap space to sign the “Young Bull” immediately, and they will have to part ways with assets.
It’s still unclear what Dallas could offer for Sexton. The Cavs would be better off waiting for any offers to come in. If Sexton gets lower than expected, the Cavs can jump in and snag up Sexton on a much better deal than they originally expected.
The Cavaliers finished with a 44-38 record without Sexton as Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen elevated their game to All-Star level play. That was the first winning season for Cleveland since 2018 and the first without LeBron James since 1998.
The former Alabama product revealed he wants to be part of the winning culture in Cleveland and expressed his willingness to stay with the Cavaliers for the long term. After the end of the season, he reiterated his willingness to stay with the franchise.
He has averaged 20.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game, playing in 218 games in four seasons with Cleveland.