jbk1234 wrote:I mean we can just see what Sexton does in year 4 now that it's been made pretty clear that the league has priced in his *areas for improvement.*JonFromVA wrote:If someone wants to project the league cap and the Cavs commitments to our core out over the next 5 years or so, I'd be glad to entertain a theory that paying everyone $25/mil plus is feasible ... but short of that I'm going to keep on believing we need a mix of players at different salary levels to have a chance at keeping this core together.
So that's why I feel Sexton at $20M gives us some flexibility, but if he's at $25M? My thought is someone else had better be willing to take $5M less.
Also keep in the max extension varies ... for instance, Luka's supermax is going to average $41.4M
His first bump up will put him at $35.7M in 2022/2023 when the cap is expected to be $119M, or 30% of the cap.
Ayton on the other hand is eligible for $33.6M average and could get $28 in 2022/2023 or 23.5% of the cap.
The difference is, teams like Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix can at least see how they can win games and contend with Luka, Trae, and Deandre. We're still in the dark with our core and the bills are coming due.
It may very well come to that, but I'd still rather get him amicably signed to a tradable deal that also gives us flexibility in signing our other young players.
We may disagree on Collin's potential and value, but I expect the Cavs organization which has worked with him for the past 3 seasons to have a pretty solid idea and they should act on that knowledge sooner rather than later and stop floundering with decisions.
If they're happy to keep him and just feel he's asking too much, then by all means they should stay the course and worst case match whatever he gets as a restricted free agent; but other than that ... there are costs to holding on to a player you don't really want, especially for a team that outright stinks at building up trade value.
For instance, the Cavs actually can sign free-agents, but we need to be able to offer something a more desirable team cannot like more $$$ or starting minutes. It would have been a lot easier to sign a free-agent SF if we had an open starting spot for a SF.