Collin Sexton Negotiations Aren’t Contentious, But Deal Isn’t Close

The ongoing dispute between the Cavaliers and free agent Collin Sexton has not been resolved, but it does not appear the two sides are close to a deal, sources told Cleveland.com‘s Chris Fedor.

Sexton’s agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, continues to insist his client deserves the starting point guard’s salary, which he was before he suffered a torn meniscus 11 games into last season. Paul wants Sexton to make more than $20 million a year, similar to the deals Jalen Brunson received from the Knicks and Anfernee Simons from the Trail Blazers.

Although Sexton’s options are limited because he is a restricted free agent, Fedor said Lonzo Ball, Malcolm Brogdon and Terry Rozier have received big contracts in similar situations in recent years.

Cleveland’s offer is around $40 million over three years, which will pay Sexton around $13 million per season. The team believes it’s a reasonable contract for someone coming off a major injury, as it’s nearly double Sexton’s $7.2 million qualifying offer and an increase above the mid-level exception of $10.4 million. Sexton still has the option to take the QO and move in unrestricted free agency next summer.

The Cavs are committed to staying under the luxury tax this season, Fedor added, and can’t offer Sexton more than $13 million without crossing the line.

Paul spoke with Cavs president of basketball operations Koby Altman in late July, but Fedor’s sources say neither side appears willing to budge on their demands, though they understand they have to come to an agreement before training camp begins.

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