May 26, 2022 | 11:38 am EDT Update
Michael Scotto: The Cavaliers want to retain Collin Sexton. Heās going to demand starting guard money, Iām told. There are some teams who will be in the market for a point guard this summer, including the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards, who would have to acquire Sexton in a sign-and-trade if they want to get him. Last season, no restricted free agent signed an offer sheet, and players such as Cavaliers forward Lauri Markkanen switched teams via sign-and-trade.
Michael Scotto: One executive told me, āI think Cleveland will extend a qualifying offer to Sexton and look to match an offer. I donāt see him receiving an offer, but I think Cleveland will use Sexton as a trade asset. I expect them to try and sign him to a deal in the $18-20 million annual range so they can eventually trade him.ā
Chris Fedor: My sources tell me at the end of the Sexton negotiations, the two sides were kicking around Bogdan Bogdanovic money, so around $18 million annually. I get the sense that the Cavs are more comfortable in the range of $15-18 million (annually). I think Collin is looking more in the range of $18-22 million (annually). I do think thereās a gap they need to close this offseason.
Chris Fedor: One team the Cavs are internally wondering about, not necessarily what theyāre worried about, is the Detroit Pistons. To get some kind of lethal scorer next to Cade Cunningham and take some of the ball-handling responsibilities and pressure off him. My sources tell me the Cavs do not believe there is a team out there that is going to give Collin a contract north of $20 million annually.
Michael Scotto: One executive told me, āI think Caris LeVert will get around $20.5 million per season on an extension. Thatās a little too rich for me, but I believe Cleveland will pay him that if they want to extend him.ā Another executive said, āCaris is interesting due to his injury history. A short-term extension around the number heās on would be good value.ā Heās making about $19 million.
Chris Fedor on trade candidates to watch: Here are the names that Iāve heard: I think both (Bojan and Bogdan) Bogdanovics would make sense. Gordon Hayward, whose salary lines up with Kevin Loveā¦ Tobias Harris, Harrison Barnes, Gary Trent Jr., Jeremi Grant, Aaron Gordon. And this is one that Iām watching. I think itās less likely than it was when the postseason started, but itās one that Iāve heard kicked around inside the walls of Cleveland. Itās Andrew Wiggins of the Warriors.
Chris Fedor: Thereās another name, too, since they need a reliable backup point guard that can start, and Iāve heard this name with the Cavaliers as well. My sources tell me JB Bickerstaff would love to coach him again, Mike Conley. If Utah decides to move him in an effort to put the right pieces around Donovan Mitchell and shake up that roster. Conley for somebody like Caris LeVert is something I think the Cavs would consider.
Chris Fedor: My sources tell me thereās mutual interest in that (Ricky Rubio) reunion. In fact, some people are essentially penciling him in as on the roster. I wouldnāt go that far with it. Itās complicated because even though heās a great fit, there are some variables here. How good and effective is he going to be coming off a second torn ACL? Youāre not going to get him until about midway through the season. The earliest would be November or December.