On the day Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb said Cleveland is the place he wants to be moving forward with contract extension talks looming, another Cleveland athlete echoed those same words as he finds himself in the same situation.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton joined Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix on the latest episode of “The Crossover NBA Show” podcast and when Mannix brought up a potential contract extension, which Sexton is eligible for when free agency opens later this summer, the third-year player expressed how much he wants to stay with the team that drafted him.
“At the end of the day, I know Cleveland is the place I want to be. I know we have something going as a young team, I know we have J.A. (Jarrett Allen), Issac (Okoro), and Darius (Garland), and we got K-Love and the other vets, so I definitely look forward to it.”
The 22-year-old guard is entering his fourth and final season of his rookie contract and as noted, will become extension eligible but the debate has been whether or not Sexton is worth the max-rookie extension. According to Spotrac, the five-year max extension would be worth $168 million dollars or $33.6 million per season on average but the extension would not kick in until the 2022-23 season as the Cavaliers have already picked up his 2021-22 option worth $6.3 million.
Over his three seasons, Sexton has averaged 20.2 points, 3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game with the Cavaliers including a career high 24.2 points and 4.4 assists per game this past season.
It’s not clear what the Cavaliers intentions are in terms of signing Sexton to a contract extension this offseason or to let it get to restricted free agency following the 2021-22 season but it’s clear where Sexton’s thinking is as we head towards this offseason.