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Lakers eyeing another prominent Klutch Sports player?

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers may be continuing to collect Klutch Sports players like Pokémon cards.

Sam Amico of Hoops Wire reported this week that Cleveland Cavaliers free agent guard Collin Sexton is drawing a lot of interest ahead of the summer. Amico adds that the Lakers are one of the teams interested in him.

This was corroborated somewhat by Matt Moore of Action Network, who reported Thursday that sources are conflicted on whether the Cavs actually intend to bring back Sexton. Moore also notes that Sexton is represented by Klutch Sports and that Brandon Weems, LeBron James’ close friend and ex-high school teammate, was just promoted to assistant GM of the Cavs.

The 23-year-old Sexton has cemented himself as a 20-plus point-per-game scorer but played just 11 games this season due to a meniscus tear. He will be a restricted free agent in the offseason. That means Sexton can still be involved in a sign-and-trade but not if he signs an offer sheet with another team. With how strained the Lakers’ cap situation is, a sign-and-trade may be their only realistic shot at acquiring Sexton.

The Lakers already have a who’s who of Klutch Sports clients on their roster. James, Anthony Davis, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Kendrick Nunn are all represented by Klutch. Thus, the Sexton interest makes sense, especially with how much influence Klutch Sports is rumored to have in L.A..

Spurs eyeing player with noteworthy link to Gregg Popovich?

Gregg Popovich looking on

Feb 8, 2020; Sacramento, California, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on the sideline against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs may be in the mix for a player who knows the Gregg Popovich way.

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported this week that the Spurs have some fans of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton in their front office. Fedor further suggests that Sexton could fit in the backcourt alongside San Antonio’s All-Star guard Dejounte Murray.

The 23-year-old Sexton is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. Sexton played his college ball at Alabama, where he was coached by Avery Johnson, a former NBA coach as well. Johnson is a member of the longtime Spurs head coach Popovich’s coaching tree, having played under Popovich for five seasons from 1996 to 2001 and winning a title together in 1999.

Sexton, a natural scorer and three-point shooter, does have the skillset to thrive next to Murray, who is a better defender and playmaker. But there may be some bigger fish interested in pursuing Sexton too.

Did Collin Sexton jinx Cavs with his shirt at play-in game?

Collin Sexton in a T-shirt

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ season is officially over, and the superstitious might point to the shirt that Collin Sexton wore as a contributing factor.

The Cavs guard Sexton, who had been out since November with a meniscus tear, wore a throwback 1995 World Series shirt to his team’s play-in game against the Atlanta Hawks. The problem? The 1995 World Series also pitted Cleveland vs. Atlanta (the Indians vs. the Braves) … with Atlanta winning.

Here is another angle of Sexton’s shirt.

Call it a jinx if you will, but Friday’s play-in game produced the same result. Atlanta (the Hawks) defeated Cleveland (the Cavs) by the final of 107-101, despite trailing by ten points at halftime.

Sexton is a native of Marietta, Ga., which probably explains why he was repping the Braves. But it feels like he should have known better than to tempt fate by bringing any sort of Atlanta-over-Cleveland juju into Friday’s contest. That may have been the greatest postseason jinx since the one that we saw in another sport a few years ago.

Cavaliers get bad news on Collin Sexton injury

Collin Sexton during warmups

The Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten off to a surprisingly good start this season, but they will have to keep that going without one of their key players.

According to multiple reports, guard Collin Sexton underwent surgery to repair his left meniscus tear and will not return this season.

This is an especially brutal blow for Sexton. The guard is due to become a restricted free agent after the season, and in retrospect, he likely overplayed his hand in contract talks with the Cavaliers. Sexton had probably been counting on a strong season to put himself in position for a big payday, either from Cleveland or elsewhere. Now that won’t happen.

The 22-year-old Sexton had been Cleveland’s leading scorer before he went down, and averaged 24.3 points per game last season. The Cavaliers are just 2-4 since he got hurt, though they’ve also been without other key players during that period.

Photo: Jan 4, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) passes the ball during pregame against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Collin Sexton out with torn meniscus in knee

Collin Sexton during warmups

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the big surprises this season, but their strong start may be hitting a speed bump.

The Cavs announced on Monday that Collin Sexton has a torn meniscus in his knee. They do not have an immediate timetable regarding his return.

Cleveland.com reported that Sexton bumped knees with teammate Jarrett Allen during the second quarter of Sunday’s win over the Knicks and felt discomfort.

Sexton exited the game and did not return. He was replaced by Ricky Rubio who scored a career-high 37 points.

Sexton is averaging 16.0 points 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season. The Cavs are 7-4 this season.

Photo: Jan 4, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) passes the ball during pregame against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Collin Sexton wanted insane amount of money from Cavs

Collin Sexton during warmups

One Cleveland Cavaliers player apparently wanted a Sexton of money from the team.

Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reported this week that Cavs guard Collin Sexton’s camp asked for an extension comparable to that of fellow 2018 draftees De’Aaron Fox and Jamal Murray. Cleveland was not interested in anything close to that though and instead wanted to see how Sexton would fit next to rookie big man Evan Mobley first.

Fox (five years, $163 million) and Murray (five years, $170 million) both got max contract extensions from their respective teams. But both players have complete skillsets at the guard position, and the latter already helped lead his team to the conference finals. Sexton is on par with those guys as a scorer but still has limitations as a playmaker and as a defender.

Lloyd also says that the Cavs were hesitant to do anything lofty with Sexton since Darius Garland is also due for an extension next summer and Jarrett Allen is already on the books for $100 million. The 22-year-old Sexton will now be a restricted free agent after the season since he could not agree to an extension with the team.

There have also been concerns about Sexton’s rapport with his teammates, so it is worth wondering how much the Cavs see him as part of their future.

Photo: Jan 4, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) passes the ball during pregame against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cavs teammate blasts unflattering report about Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton

One ex-Cleveland Cavaliers player is going Tupac “Hit ‘Em Up” mode in response to an unflattering claim about former teammate Collin Sexton.

Sports Illustrated ran a quote from an anonymous scout in a preview of the Cavs this week. The scout took aim at Sexton, calling him an “a–hole” and saying that “none of his teammates like him.”

Portland Trail Blazers forward Larry Nance Jr. responded to the claim in a tweet on Friday and did not hold back.

“Whoever said this is a moron with zero knowledge of anything going on in Cleveland,” Nance wrote. “I’d hide behind anonymity too if I was this bad at my job.”

The former lottery pick Sexton was the Cavs’ leading scorer and highest-usage player last season. He was teammates for the last three seasons with Nance, who was traded to the Blazers as part of the Lauri Markkanen deal.

There were reports last season that Sexton was unliked within the Cavs. But Nance, though he is not in Cleveland any longer, obviously seems to be of the exact opposite opinion.

Warriors interested in acquiring Collin Sexton?

Collin Sexton

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have had one of the NBA’s biggest rivalries of the last decade. This offseason could see the two sides link up on a major trade however.

Cavs writer Evan Dammarell reported this week that the Warriors are intrigued by the possibility of acquiring Cleveland guard Collin Sexton. Dammarell does add though that Golden State would not include James Wiseman, Andrew Wiggins, or the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft in such a deal.

The Warriors still have young assets to offer like Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, and Juan Toscano-Anderson as well as the No. 14 overall pick in this year’s draft. But they may have to do better to land Sexton, who was one of the top-20 scorers in the league this season with 24.3 points per game.

Sexton, 22, will be entering the final year of his rookie contract next season. The Cavs do seem very willing to move him, perhaps in a package deal that could pique Golden State’s interest.

Report: Knicks showing most interest in Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be open to trading Collin Sexton this offseason, and it should come as no surprise that the New York Knicks are reportedly among the potential suitors.

The New York Knicks have been the “most aggressive” of the teams pursuing Sexton, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

There are said to be as many as six teams interested in Sexton, but it makes sense that the Knicks are at or near the top of the list. The Knicks had a huge turnaround in their first year under Tom Thibodeau, and it is not a secret that they are looking to add a star player this offseason. They are also weak at the point guard position.

Sexton averaged 24.3 points per game in his third season with the Cavs. The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the top scorers in the NBA, which is why there is plenty of interest in him around the league.

Sexton has one year left on his rookie contract, and Cleveland may not want to make a massive financial commitment to extend him. There has been talk that they could try to package him with another star player to create maximum flexibility going forward.

Report: Multiple contenders eyeing possible Collin Sexton trade

Collin Sexton

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear willing to listen to offers for guard Collin Sexton, and several teams may be prepared to do what it takes to land the young scorer.

According to Sam Amico of Hoops Wire, the Heat, Knicks, Lakers, Pelicans, Pacers, and Thunder are among the teams considering making a run at Sexton. Talks are said to be in the “exploratory stage,” and no real offers have been made yet.

Amico adds that several of these teams would be willing to take on Kevin Love’s contract in order to facilitate a Sexton trade. This is something Cleveland may look to do if it decides to move Sexton, as the 32-year-old has two years and $60.2 million remaining on a deal that has become quite cumbersome for the rebuilding Cavaliers.

The 22-year-old Sexton is clearly available. He averaged 24.3 points per game last season, but there remain questions about whether he can coexist with Darius Garland. The Cavaliers also hold the No. 3 overall pick, and with a potential max extension looming for Sexton, trading him may be the team’s preference.