The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Collin Sexton with the 8th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. The trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics is now complete. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder no longer with the Cavs, Cleveland received Sexton, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Ante Zizic in the deal. The second round pick that they also received in that deal was sent to the Miami Heat along with Dwyane Wade at the trade deadline.
I like Collin Sexton a little more in the NBA than I do Trae Young.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 22, 2018
this is the only reason you need collin sexton on your basketball team pic.twitter.com/z1SmWA8k5n— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) June 22, 2018
ESPN‘s Dave McMenamin reported that a Cavs source described Sexton as “Incredible shape … Tough … Quick … Gritty … Winner.”
The Kyrie Irving Trade
When the Cavaliers traded Irving to the Celtics, they received an All-Star in return in Isaiah Thomas. Now with the deal complete, it is hard to judge that trade until you know the player Collin Sexton develops into. As of today, the Celtics are the clear winner in that deal.
The Future of LeBron James
Collin Sexton is making Cleveland's pitch to LeBron. pic.twitter.com/nXDZ1hZQVo— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2018
Just a few weeks ago the Cavs lost the NBA finals in four games to the Golden State Warriors. After the finals, Cleveland is now uncertain about whether LeBron James will re-sign in free agency or take his talents elsewhere. In a scenario where LeBron returns, Sexton has the ability to push the pace as well as defend opposing point guards at a high level. There has been reports that James does not want as much ball-handling responsibility and this move does just that. There was also another report by ESPN‘s Dave McMenamin that the Cavaliers are not shopping Kevin Love.
Lastly, with free agency just a couple weeks away, the Cavaliers will have their hands full. With or without James, competing in the Eastern Conference just got a whole lot harder. Teams like the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have closed the gap and the Cavs will have to pull off a miracle free agency if they plan on making a fifth consecutive trip to the NBA finals.