The Cavaliers have “a lot of faith” that restricted free agent Collin Sexton will return to the team next season, Chris Fedor told Jake Fischer during the latest episode of Fischer’s Please Don’t Aggregate This podcast.
As Fedor explained, there’s no indication that the Cavs are seriously exploring a sign-and-trade scenario or that a suitor with cap space would make an aggressive play for Sexton, so it’s possible that it’s a wait-and-see game to see what kind of deal by which the earlier selection in the lottery ends.
As Fedor explained, when Sexton and the Cavs discussed an extension a year ago, they explored a Bogdan Bogdanovic-type contract — about $72 million over four years. However, after Sexton missed most of 2021-22 with a torn meniscus, the Cavs want to bring him back on a deal in the $12-14 million per year range. Fedor previously announced that the team had submitted a three-year, $40 million offer. With agent Rich Paul being a strong negotiator and unwilling to accept a long-term deal he believes is below market value, Fedor still believes the most likely scenario is that he accepts Sexton’s qualifying offer of 7, 2 million dollars, which would allow him. to reach unrestricted free agency next summer. However, Fischer and Fedor believe there is a case for Sexton to accept a three-year offer, as it would give him some financial security and still set him up to enter free agency unscathed at age 26.
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- According to Fedor, it’s “very important” for the Cavs not to go into luxury tax territory this season. “I imagine that’s not going to happen, that they’re not ready to go for the luxury tax,” Fedor said. Right now, the team has about $13 million in breathing room under the tax cap, so even if Sexton accepts the club’s current offer, that cushion will disappear. That proximity to the tax is one of the reasons Cleveland is unwilling to give up Sexton at this point.
- If Sexton re-signs with the Cavs, the team will have to trade or release players on a standard contract before the regular season begins. Cedi Osman could be a replacement candidate in that scenario, according to Fedor, who says the forward fell out of favor with head coach JB Bickerstaff at the end of last season. However, Fedor added that the Cavs still value Osman and don’t just want to shed his salary. According to Fischer, the Timberwolves and Celtics are among the teams that have probably checked out Osman in the past.
- Fedor and Fischer noted that LeBron James will be a free agent next summer if he doesn’t sign an extension with the Lakers by then, and suggested that the Cavaliers aren’t closing the door on another reunion with the star forward because it’s on their terms. “Obviously, Cleveland is open to LeBron coming back, but the Cavaliers seem to have made it very clear … that (they’re) only open to it in a deal or a situation that makes sense for everybody,” Fischer said. . “They’re going to add LeBron as part of this rebuild, not hand over the keys to the franchise like they’ve done in the past.”
- Fedor explored the LeBron speculation further on Cleveland.com, writing that the Cavs “are not currently planning a third round” with the former Finals MVP, but wouldn’t rule it out either.