jbk1234 wrote: But I don't understand the thought process behind extending Sexton at starter money before you've determined whether he can start on a good team.
The Cavs will pay Collin based on how they project his performance in the future, not based on the present. He's too young for that.
Which does not mean they'll ignore how the Sexland experiment has gone, but they will also need to consider the opportunity cost.
What would they do with the cap space if Collin wasn't on the books?
What can they get for him if they wanted to trade him?
What are the repercussions if they play "hardball" with Collin in negotiations?
The Sexland experiment hasn't exactly gone well. Neither player has shown the ability to drive the team to wins, let alone together; but it's not hard to toss them a mulligan based on circumstances/injuries/Covid/lineups/etc.
If they extend Collin this Summer, it just means the Cavs believe they've seen enough already. If they don't, they can continue to evaluate next season.