Collin Sexton was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, and it's clear that he's developed himself into becoming an efficient three-level scorer. Over the course of the 2020-21 season, Sexton averaged 24.3 PPG while shooting 47.5% from the field and 37.1% from beyond the arc. There's no doubt that he's a very good offensive player.
Despite Collin Sexton's abilities, he wasn't able to come to a contract extension agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBA Insider Evan Dammarell has reported that part of that happening was due to Collin Sexton wanting a $100 million extension from the Cavaliers. With that being said, it's also mentioned that the Cavaliers and Sexton went "back and forth" trying to "keep Sexton in Cleveland long-term" so it seems as though both parties were interested in a continued partnership.
That in itself is where the serious question lies and where, according to sources, a contract extension similar to what Terry Rozier signed with the Charlotte Hornets (four years, $97 million) likely served as the baseline comparison for Sexton's deal. But, those same sources said the amount of money being committed to Sexton won't be top dollar but he will still be fairly compensated based on what he's achieved to now and as well as his performance over the next several seasons. If Sexton continued to grow and more importantly lifts the Cavaliers to new heights, then he would make more money overall.
That seems like a fair, and reasonable, deal for both sides. But, what made Sexton and his camp ultimately decline Cleveland's offer was the amount of money guaranteed to him. According to sources familiar with their thought process, Sexton was hoping to sign a four-year, $100 million extension with the Cavaliers. Those same sources said both sides went back and forth over terms to keep Sexton in Cleveland long-term but nothing could come to fruition and eventually, the deadline passed.
At the end of the 2021-22 season, Collin Sexton will become a restricted free agent, and it remains to be seen whether the Cleveland Cavaliers will elect to match the biggest deal, or whether they'll let Sexton go if a team offers him an extension out of their price range. There were also reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers could trade Collin Sexton before the trade deadline, so that's certainly something to keep an eye on.
There are times where small market teams have to overpay in order to keep their talent, but we'll have to wait and see whether that happens with Collin Sexton. He has certainly had some great scoring seasons, and perhaps another good year in 2021-22 will convince the Cavaliers to give him the money he desires.