The New York Knicks are separating themselves from the rest in their pursuit of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Knicks are reportedly the most aggressive suitor for Sexton, following reports that the guard is “very available” in trade discussions.
Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo also reported last month that Cleveland “prefers to move on from Sexton, rather than sign him to a deal that would greatly inhibit their flexibility moving forward.”
Cleveland’s front office reportedly remains hesitant to give Sexton a max deal, which he and his agent are seeking. The Cavaliers’ backcourt has a solid future with Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro, and the team also owns the third overall pick in this year’s draft. They’re expected to choose between guards Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs.
Sexton was one of Cleveland’s best players during the 2020-21 campaign, averaging 24.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 47.5% from the field 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 during the 2021-22 campaign before becoming a restricted free agent next summer.