The NBA season is about a week away, and from the looks of it, we’re in for a good season. But there is a matter of business that a few teams must attend to. They have to decide on extensions.
The NBA’s contract extension deadline is Oct.18. The deadline is the final chance for teams to sign Year 4 players (and some veterans) to contract extensions. Extensions allow teams to secure a certain player for a few more years and potentially build their team around them. So, it benefits rebuilding teams and playoff-bound or contending teams in the case of veteran players.
While a few teams have secured their young stars, there’s one team still on the fence. The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to offer their guard Collin Sexton an extension, and it has a few fans puzzled. And it makes you wonder: will the Cavs sign Sexton to an extension?
Luka Doncic and Trae Young Get Paid
In the offseason, some of the biggest names of the 2018 NBA draft received extensions. Luka Doncic and Trae Young signed five-year deals for around $207 million.
Doncic was the third pick of the 2018 draft. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks but traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Trae Young.
Both players have shook up the league, and last year they showed they’re here to stay. Doncic had a solid season, and during the playoffs, he averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Young had a great playoffs and became the new villain for Knicks fans to boo.
While they’re the stars of the draft class, there are other players doing well. One of them is Collin Sexton.
The Young Bull Charges
Sexton was the eighth pick of the 2018 draft. The Cavs drafted him while LeBron James’ future in Cleveland was up in the air.
Since then, Sexton has been decent for the Cavs and constantly leads them in scoring. He averaged 24.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds (all career highs) last season. He’s arguably the focal point of the Cavs rebuild, but the Cavs may not see it that way.
Sexton’s name comes up in trade rumors, including rumors involving Ben Simmons and the Cavs. And, it’s interesting that Cleveland hasn’t offered an extension. However, things may be looking up for Sexton and the Cavs.
During the Cavs media day, general manager Koby Altman discussed the possibility of an extension.
“We want him here long term,” Altman said, “He wants to be here long term. We’re working with his representation to see that through, but this is someone that has been with us since the start of this thing and we love him.”
The deadline is approaching, and the Cavs must make a decision. Perhaps they find themselves in a similar situation as Deandre Ayton and the Suns. But as time goes on, we could see an extension in the next few days.