Sexton is next step in Cavaliers' new era of player development

Cleveland Cavaliers Interested In Trading For Kemba Walker

With an eye toward rebuilding - and maybe persuading James to re-sign this summer - the Cavs selected Sexton, the lightning-quick Alabama point guard, on Thursday night with the No. 8 overall pick.

"I think at this point in his life, it's more so of a lifestyle thing of where my family is going to be the most comfortable and where I'm going to be the happiest", Wade said on FOX Sports radio last week. He's done that before, so this is nothing new for us.

Altman added that they want to respect his space as he makes his decision.

All the arrows point to him bolting, but I know for a fact LeBron is trying to figure out if other stars around the league wanna come play with him, but come play with him in Cleveland, first. "When we did the Kevin Love deal [in 2014] and the [ensuing] trades, we didn't have the chance to have draft picks".

Even if James is intrigued by the possibility of playing with Sexton, Cleveland knew giving LeBron his way in the draft would not be almost enough in and of itself to convince him to stay.

James has until June 29 to exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season or decline it and become an unrestricted free agent, officially making him the planet's best and most coveted player. Over the course of his latest four-season stretch with the Cavs, LeBron's presence coincided with an average TickPick ticket cost increase of about $43 from 2013-14, when he played for the Heat.

The Cavs believe Sexton, who earned his "Young Bull" nickname in high school for his charge-ahead playing style, can help them finally offset the loss of Irving.

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The Cavs' front office led by Altman entered the draft in the dark on James' plans.

Compared to a younger version of current Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe, the 19-year-old 6'3 190-pound Sexton is lightning quick and explosive in transition, with a knack for defense along with an ability to create his own shot. which is something that Cleveland sorely lacked in getting steamrolled by the now back-to-back National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

Love has done everything asked of him even with all the fake trade rumors over the years.

Collin Sexton to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Sexton averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists as a freshman for the Crimson Tide. OK, that kinda stinks (you got me), but keeping LeBron is worth every roster-altering risk. The Cavs have been signaling that theyre looking to upgrade their team from the group that was swept out of the Finals this month, whether James stays or goes.

In fairness, no one available at No. 8 would've dazzled James and sent him scrambling to commit long term in Cleveland. Young could maybe sell tickets and generate a little buzz in a way no one else in Thursday's NBA Draft (7 p.m., ESPN) could.

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