NBA Trade Rumors: Warriors 'Intrigued with Acquiring' Cavaliers' Collin Sexton

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) shoots during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, May 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly "intrigued" about potentially trading for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton.

Evan Dammarell of WKYC reported the Warriors' interest as Cleveland explores potentially trading Sexton.

While the Warriors may have some level of intrigue, it's likely that Sexton is low on their priority list heading into the offseason. With Stephen Curry and a returning Klay Thompson entrenched in the starting lineup at the two guard spots, Sexton would be a sixth man and potential insurance policy if Thompson struggles to return from consecutive season-ending injuries.

James Wiseman is the likely centerpiece of any trade for Sexton, and it's unclear if the Warriors are willing to cut bait after just one season with the 2020 No. 2 overall pick. Wiseman was largely a disappointment during his rookie campaign and was limited to 39 games because of injury.

Even if the Warriors are willing to move on from Wiseman, it's fair to wonder if Sexton is the best target. Golden State may be better served looking for a three-and-D wing who can replace free-agent-to-be Kelly Oubre Jr., who seems likely to search for a larger role on the open market.

Adding a third guard when Curry and Thompson are set to occupy a vast majority of the rotation minutes feels more like a luxury than a necessity. With the Warriors already struggling for depth the past two seasons, it's hard to see them cashing in on Wiseman for someone who will top out around 20-25 minutes per game.

Sexton may also desire a situation where he remains a heavy-minutes starter.