The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly remain interested in signing Collin Sexton to a long-term contract despite failing to reach an agreement before the rookie extension deadline.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported talks fell apart over the Cavs' desire to add a fifth year to the deal. Sexton was looking for a four-year contract in the $100 million range.
It's unclear if Cleveland was willing to meet Sexton's $25 million annual asking price. Based on the start of his 2021-22 season, it's likely the team feels glad it didn't. Sexton is averaging just 16.0 points (down from 24.3) and 2.1 assists (down from 4.4) while shooting 24.4 percent from three-point range.
The Cavs have gotten off to a promising 7-4 start despite Sexton's offensive woes. Darius Garland is providing a steady hand leading the offense, and rookie Evan Mobley looks like a two-way anchor.
Sexton's trajectory in Cleveland has always been polarizing. While he's increased his scoring output in each of his first three NBA seasons, Sexton has faced trade rumors, accusations of being selfish and the idea that he would be better off as a sixth man than a starter. The Alabama product has done himself no favors this season, potentially costing himself tens of millions of dollars.
Sexton will be a restricted free agent next summer, which will also limit his pool of potential suitors.