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Report: Cavs coaches were ‘ordered’ to praise Collin Sexton when he was a rookie

Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton was the most important piece the Cleveland Cavaliers received in their trade three years ago that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. The point guard struggled a bit in his rookie season, but the Cavs did something that seems unheard of to assure his confidence was not shaken.

The Cavs acquired the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft as part of the Irving deal, and they used it on Collin Sexton. According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Cleveland executives were so determined for Sexton to become the face of the franchise that they ordered coaches to not be too hard on him.

When Sexton struggled at times during the 2018-19 season, Lloyd says Cavaliers coaches were “ordered to continue playing him no matter what.” The team’s support staff was also told to “continually praise” Sexton. Lloyd also notes that the Cavs put serious effort into getting Sexton onto the NBA All-Rookie teams and into the Rising Stars games.

Sexton has turned into one of the best scoring guards in the NBA. He is averaging 24.3 points per game this season, but Lloyd believes the franchise is playing a dangerous game. Cavs ownership wants Sexton to be a superstar and the face of their franchise, likely to prove they won the Irving trade. Sexton is a talented player, but very few people believe the 22-year-old will ever be Irving.

The Cavs are 21-45 and once again eliminated from postseason contention. They’ve been a disaster since LeBron James left a second time. There have been reports that Sexton’s teammates are unhappy with his style of play, which could be a product of the way the team treated him like royalty from the jump.

Report: Cavs teammates frustrated with Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ leading scorer this season, but he does not appear to be the most well-liked player in their locker room.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported on Sunday that various Cavs players continue to be frustrated with the way Sexton dominates the ball. Vardon adds that opponents sometimes taunt them during games by saying, “You know he’s not going to pass you the ball.”

Sexton, 22, is having a standout season with 24.4 points per game. But he is an extremely high-usage player with 18.5 shot attempts and 6.0 free throw attempts per game as well. Even worse is that Sexton is only averaging 4.1 assists per game, which is pretty lousy for a guard.

Granted, the 21-43 Cavs don’t really have any other consistent scorers on their roster. But Sexton’s style of play has been a point of contention with his teammates for multiple seasons now. The ex-lottery pick does have the talent to be a mainstay in Cleveland, so this is definitely a storyline to watch.

Collin Sexton appears to ‘like’ tweet calling teammate Kevin Love overpaid

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Kevin Love is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ highest-paid player this year. Something about that may not sit right with the team’s leading scorer.

A Cavs fan with the handle @MonteMacy tweeted about Love’s contract on Monday, saying that Love “stole $120 million” in the “heist of the century.”

The fan soon noticed that Cavs guard Collin Sexton had ‘liked’ his tweet about Love, providing the receipts to confirm it.

Sexton has since ‘unliked’ the tweet. But the facts still remain that Love is earning $31.3 million this season despite making only four appearances to the tune of 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. The 32-year-old recently returned to the court after a calf issue had sidelined him since December. But he lasted just two games for a total of 12 minutes before seemingly re-aggravating the injury. Beyond this season, Love is still owed $60.2 million over the next two years.

There is an argument that Love earned his contract with past performance, including multiple All-Star appearances in Cleveland and a big contribution to their 2016 title. But he does have a history of issues with Sexton, which could be rearing its head again now.

Cavs unhappy with league over Collin Sexton’s ankle issues

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are standing up for their emerging young star.

Chris Fedor of reported Thursday that the Cavs are planning to send video clips to the league office of “Landing Zone” violations by opposing defenders during their games. Fedor notes that the team wants to fight for guard Collin Sexton, who has rolled his ankle multiple times on such plays with no foul call.

The 22-year-old Sexton has been a nice story for the No. 7-seeded Cavs this season. He has broken out with a scoring average of 24.3 points per game, which is tops on the team and ninth-best in the Eastern Conference. But Sexton recently missed two weeks with an ankle injury, so the Cavs obviously want to protect him better.

NBA officials have been a bit uneven with the whistle this season, especially with high-scoring guards. Sexton probably will not be getting superstar calls yet. But the Cavs will be happy with more diligence to preserve his ankles.

Larry Nance Jr. has great nickname for Cavs’ young dynamic duo

Larry Nance Jr

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a 3-0 start and have given fans reason to believe they have a bright future. That can be attributed in large part to the development of young guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. The backcourt duo has been so good early on that veteran teammate Larry Nance Jr. has assigned them a nickname.

The official Twitter account of the Cavs shared a photo of Sexton and Garland on Monday and asked if anyone has a good nickname for the pair. Nance was one of the first people to weigh in, and the Cavs had a funny response.

We tend to doubt the Cavs will endorse that nickname, but fans might.

Through three games, Sexton has averaged 27.0 points and 3.7 assists per game. Garland is averaging 19.0 points and 8.3 assists. The two young guards look like they could become one of the best backcourt pairings in the NBA. If they continue playing the way they have, “Sexland” probably won’t be the only nickname thrown their way.

Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton was ‘sick’ over not making resumed NBA season

Collin Sexton

The NBA’s resumed season in Orlando will include 22 of the 30 teams in the league, and many of the ones that were left out are upset about it.

Cleveland Cavaliers young guard Collin Sexton told reporters over a Zoom call Friday that he was “sick” to learn that their season was over.

“I was sick,” Sexton said, via SI’s Sam Amico. “I feel like next season, it’s going to make us that much more hungry so nothing like this ever happens again.”

Sexton’s Cavs were last in the East with a 19-46 record when the season was suspended in March. Even though they were having a bad season, their desire to continue shows that they have good makeup and motivations, which should please the organization.

Sexton isn’t alone in his feelings; another emerging young player in the East also was upset about being omitted.

Collin Sexton: Cavaliers will be back in playoffs next season

The Cleveland Cavaliers took the NBA by surprise at the trade deadline back in February when they decided to become buyers despite having no shot at postseason contention. Collin Sexton appreciated that approach from the team, and he is confident it is going to pay off in the very near future.

In a recent interview with Morten Jensen of Forbes, Sexton said he understands that things have been a lot different for the Cavs since LeBron James left to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the 21-year-old does not like to use the term “rebuild.”

“Every day we’ve got guys coming to work and working their butt off, so we don’t look at [the rebuild] too much, because we all put in that work and we have a full team of hard workers so we’re going to do whatever it takes to change it around, and turn this rebuild into winning,” Sexton said.

Rather than hold a fire sale at the trade deadline, the Cavs acquired star big man Andre Drummond in a trade with the Detroit Pistons and held onto Kevin Love. Drummond is set to become a free agent this summer and has not committed to re-signing with Cleveland, but Sexton is very optimistic about the 2020-21 season. When asked when he thinks the Cavs will return to the playoffs, Sexton said “next season.” Was he serious?

“Yes. Next season,” he said emphatically.

The Cavs are currently 19-46 with the NBA season suspended. Sexton is averaging an impressive 20.8 points per game, but the team still has a very long way to go. Even if Drummond re-signs, Cleveland is far from a lock to make the playoffs barring a big offseason move or two.

It’s unclear how much of a negative impact John Beilein had on Cavaliers players before he parted ways with the organization, but the Cavs recently showed they believe in JB Bickerstaff going forward. While Sexton isn’t going to admit he doesn’t expect Cleveland to contend next season, he could have just as easily provided a more vague response.

Collin Sexton hinted at John Beilein issues during All-Star Weekend

John Beilein

The potential of John Beilein walking away from the Cleveland Cavaliers during his first season with the team came as a shock to many, but there continue to be hints that all is not well behind the scenes that could make that news less surprising.

Cavaliers second-year point guard Collin Sexton hinted at behind-the-scenes issues with Beilein during an interview at All-Star Weekend in Chicago, where he suggested that Beilein’s detailed, college-style coaching was too demanding and would wear out players before the end of the season.

“You know how he is, he is very detail-oriented and it’s detail, detail, detail,” Sexton said, via Sean Deveney of Forbes. “He loves details. And he always wants us to make sure that when we are out there, we are giving it our all. College coaches, you know how they are — they want you to go 1,000 percent every second of the day. He’s been in college for 20 years, more than that. We’ve had to tell him, like, ‘Coach, we’ve got 82 (games), we can’t kill ourselves.'”

The Cavaliers are 14-40, meaning Beilein has already lost as many games this season as he had during his final four years at Michigan combined. That isn’t surprising, but that amount of losing is definitely new to him. Add in that NBA players demand a different type of coaching than college ones do and it’s not a shock that Beilein is struggling so much that he and the Cavs might part ways. Asking the 67-year-old Beilein to adapt his coaching style at this stage of his career was never likely to work, not to mention the other issues he’s made for himself. Sexton’s words sum that up, and if he does go, it doesn’t sound like many of his players will be too bothered.

Video: Kevin Love was so upset with Collin Sexton on this play

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Kevin Love was at the center of a report on Saturday that said he had an outburst at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ general manager. Based on his actions later in the day, the report seems true.

Love got visibly frustrated with teammate Collin Sexton before halftime of the Cavaliers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday evening. Sexton was dribbling out the shot clock in the final 20 seconds of the first half and did not pass the ball to Love, who appeared to want the ball to take advantage of a mismatch while being guarded by Chris Paul. After finally getting the ball from Sexton, Love angrily fired a two-handed pass to Cedi Osman.

Love’s outburst towards GM Koby Altman centered around the veteran reportedly expressing his disgust with the organization. Love previously had an outburst during the team’s game against Toronto in which he complained about how selfish the team was playing. Sexton’s lack of passing on that possession seems to illustrate Love’s issue.

As trade rumors surrounding Love swirl, it seems pretty clear that he wants out — and we think we know where.

10 early NBA Rookie of the Year candidates

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We’re a third of the way through the NBA season, and a number of players have staked an early claim for postseason hardware. Recently, we reviewed 10 early candidates for MVP.

Though no rookie will enter that conversation this season (the last rookie to win the award was Wes Unseld in 1968-69), a few first-year players look like future MVP candidates. Here are 10 rookies who have gotten off to a hot start – the leading candidates, at this point, to win Rookie of the Year.

10. Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets

Bridges made an interesting decision choosing to return to Michigan State for his sophomore year. Though he had a solid season, he didn’t help his draft stock, and he may have hurt it slightly. A top prospect out of high school, he fell to No. 12 in the draft. In his rookie campaign, Bridges isn’t putting up jaw-dropping numbers — 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. But he’s playing 20 minutes a night for a surprisingly good Charlotte team (currently No. 6 in the East), and he’s shooting 48.4 percent from the field. Last week, he dropped a career-high 16 points and connected on three of his six three-point attempts. Look for his role in James Borrego’s offense to continue to increase.