Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton could sign qualifying offer to rebuild value for next offseason

The Cleveland Cavaliers scoring guard Collin Sexton is still a free agent. According to Chris Fedor, the young guard has yet to receive an offer that match his ambition, and he could pick the Cavs’ qualifying offer and enter next offseason as a free agent.

As Fedor reports, the Cavs are not willing to go over the cap for Sexton and his options in the free agency seem to be limited for the promising guard. Fedor writes that Sexton wants “starting guard money with an annual salary that starts with a 2, not a 1.”

Cleveland wants to offer a multiyear deal close to the mid-teens. Fedor says the negotiations might take a while, and Sexton accepting his $7.2MM qualifying offer in an attempt to rebuild his value and reach unrestricted free agency in 2023 is a real possibility.

A sign-and-trade with Indiana to free up a roster spot and money remains an option, according to Fedor, who points to Dylan Windler and Cedi Osman as players who could be on the move — if the Pacers are interested.

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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.

He has averaged 20.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game, playing in 218 games in four seasons with Cleveland.

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