Cavs Rumors: Collin Sexton 'to Have Multiple Suitors' in FA; Pistons, Pacers LinkedJune 5, 2022
The Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards are reportedly among the teams expected to pursue Collin Sexton in free agency.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported the Pistons and Pacers are perceived as the "biggest threats" to land the Cleveland Cavaliers guard. The Wizards would have to add Sexton via a sign-and-trade due to their cap situation.
Sexton is set to become a restricted free agent after failing to reach a contract with the Cavs by last October's rookie extension deadline. He averaged a career-low 16.0 points and 2.1 assists in 11 games before suffering a season-ending torn meniscus.
The Cavaliers reached the play-in tournament without Sexton, as Darius Garland thrived in the lead guard role. Cleveland also acquired Caris LeVert in February, which could lower the chances of the team being aggressive to keep Sexton around.
The Pistons and Pacers are two of the only teams capable of having meaningful cap space this summer, and both are expected to be active on the guard market. Jalen Brunson will probably be above Sexton in the free-agent pecking order after a postseason breakout, but a smart team could look to pounce on Sexton early before his market rises.
It's possible Brunson will wind up with a new contract that dwarfs the one given to Sexton. Over a larger sample of games, it's hard to argue that Brunson is a significantly better player than Sexton, but recency bias and injury history will be a factor.