The New York Knicks are separating themselves from the remaining of their pursuit of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, in response to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Knicks are reportedly essentially the most aggressive suitor for Sexton, following stories that the guard is “very out there” in commerce discussions.
Sports activities Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo additionally reported final month that Cleveland “prefers to maneuver on from Sexton, slightly than signal him to a deal that may vastly inhibit their flexibility shifting ahead.”
Cleveland’s entrance workplace reportedly stays hesitant to present Sexton a max deal, which he and his agent are searching for. The Cavaliers’ backcourt has a stable future with Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro, and the workforce additionally owns the third total choose on this yr’s draft. They’re anticipated to decide on between guards Jalen Inexperienced and Jalen Suggs.
Sexton was one in all Cleveland’s finest gamers in the course of the 2020-21 marketing campaign, averaging 24.3 factors, 3.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per recreation whereas taking pictures 47.5% from the sphere and 37.1% from deep.
The 22-year-old has one season remaining on his four-year, $20.1 million deal. He’ll pocket $6.3 million in the course of the 2021-22 marketing campaign earlier than changing into a restricted free agent subsequent summer season.