July 10, 2022 ~ Los Angeles Lakers are rumored to be in place of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton. The 2020 NBA champions don’t have much wiggle room when it comes to their finances, with three major earners in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook on their books, while Talen-Horton Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and Austin Reaves are among their actors on whom the questions hover.
A $6.4 million mid-level taxpayer exception is the only card the Lakers could play at this time. That kind of money doesn’t get you a superstar, or someone who could change a team’s fortunes. However, a valuable spin coin could be obtained for such a number.
Per Hoops Wire’s Sam Amico, the Lakers are considering a move for Sexton, who is now a restricted agent after four years in Cleveland. As Amico puts it, Sexton’s teammate Darius Garland has become the face of the franchise. The Cavs also brought in Caris LeVert, who plays in the same position as the former Alabama star.
“[Darius] Garland and Sexton share an agent. Garland became the face of the Cavs. The Cavs traded for Caris LeVert, who plays Sexton’s position. And Sexton is getting a lot of interest – with a few league sources telling me even LeBron James’ Lakers are interested,” Amico wrote.
He also notes that the player is represented by Klutch Sports, which also counts James and Davis as clients. LeBron has a close friendship with Rich Paul, the CEO of Klutch Sports, so that could be taken into account. The Lakers have taken advantage of the relationship a few times since LBJ arrived.
However, a move for Sexton is still considered unlikely.
The Athletic’s John Hollinger calls Sexton the most interesting free agent this offseason.
The 23-year-old averaged 24.3 points per game for the Cavs in 2020/21 but played just 11 games last season due to injury. A strong sniper from range, Sexton is shooting a career percentage of 37.8%, but he is considered one of the worst perimeter defenders in the NBA.
Despite the latter, the guard would mark a major acquisition for the Lakers, although he may be beyond them as the Cavs can match any offer from another team. The Cavs are also hoping to build on the relative success of last season, having nearly reached the playoffs.
They will be an interesting bet in several NBA futures in 2022/23 and, with sports betting in Ohio emerging as a new way to bet on professional and college teams, fans will have additional options on that front. .
Maybe the Lakers see Sexton as another player who could come from Cleveland and help them win a championship. There’s another connection happening this summer, though, with James shown shooting former Cavs teammate Kevin Love.
LeBron has come under a lot of criticism lately, with fans claiming he doesn’t care about winning titles anymore. Among these are people who believe the four-time champion’s move to Los Angeles was prompted by off-court concerns such as movie appearances.
James has since starred in the second installment of Space Jam, released last year. The veteran star also produced the new Netflix basketball movie Hustlewith Adam Sandler and Juancho Hernangomez.
Of course, most LeBron fans wouldn’t dare question his commitment given the way he takes care of his body and the fact that he continued to play high-level basketball well into 19th grade.
The forward is already working this summer as he looks to lead the Lakers to another title next season. The Lakers were pretty dismal last season, in which they were set to fight for the championship, but they couldn’t even make it to the qualifying tournament.
James is keen to make up for this and has started to prepare. He was recently spotted participating in shooting practice with Love at a basketball court in New York City.
Both players seem to be aging well. Love, who was by now expected to have left the Cavs, was actually instrumental during the season and had one of his best campaigns in a while, averaging 13.6 points on 39.2% shooting three in 22.5 minutes per game.
James getting to work so early is no surprise, especially considering he’s watched all of the playoffs on home soil. If his body holds up next season and the Lakers have a healthy Davis, they’ll definitely be in the conversation.