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After 10 months of waiting to take advantage of one of the key pieces of their trade of Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers chose University of Alabama guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall selection in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The question now for both the team and its fans is exactly what Sexton brings to the table.

One thing that’s for certain is that it doesn’t address whether or not veteran forward LeBron James will still be on the Cavs roster when Sexton plays in his first NBA game. However, four things that immediately come to mind for the newest member of the Cavaliers are as follows:

Speed

Possessing an explosive first step, Sexton has the ability to blow past defenders, which can come in handy in transition situations. It can also help on trips into the paint, where that quick ability to get there is coupled with excellent vision that will keep open teammates within his line of sight. That vision isn’t quite in the same league as James,’ but it’s outstanding considering his relative youth.

From a defensive perspective, that speed offers the potential of allowing Sexton to keep up with the increased pace that’s part of nightly NBA life. That fact that he doesn’t turn 20 until January means that he should have the constant energy to avoid the tired legs that can wear down players as the season goes along. Of course, getting used to the longer and more frequent schedule will be the first step in his professional education.

Aggressiveness

One of the things that Irving was known for was his fearless nature when driving to the basket, a trait that Sexton also possesses. That’s just one facet of what’s clearly evident when he’s on the court. He’s also not afraid to put up a shot, having established himself as a solid pull-up shooter. In addition, his competitive drive was in evidence for the Crimson Tide this past year, when he scored 40 points while helping keep them in their game against the University of Minnesota. That was despite being on the wrong end of a 3-on-5 on-court matchup for the final 10 minutes of action, due to Alabama ejections stemming from an earlier scuffle.

That willingness to put up the ball on a regular basis hasn’t always been the best strategy, with his long-range shooting still a work in progress. In the latter department, the Cavs already have plenty of shooters that can hit from beyond the arc, so the pressure to deliver in this particular area won’t immediately be on Sexton’s shoulders like it was with Irving seven years ago.

Defense

Watching opposing guards blow past Cavaliers defenders for easy baskets became an almost nightly exercise in frustration. Sexton has the type of mindset and the sort of quickness that can help limit that, if not in the upcoming year, then in the seasons ahead.

Being quick also will allow him to battle through the inevitable screens he’ll see on pick-and-roll plays. One criticism of him in this area is that he has shown a tendency to mentally check out when the man he’s covering doesn’t have the ball. However, that’s something that he should quickly learn, if not from experience, then from his new teammates.

Depth

One of the chief problems for the Cavaliers last season was the lack of talent in the backcourt, especially at point. Isaiah Thomas was supposed to fill that role, but after missing the first two months because of injury, it became quickly apparent that he was a bad fit. That led to the midseason trade for George Hill.

While Hill had his moments, the veteran, who turned 32 last month, had limited help in this area. That often meant James was forced to play this role, adding to his already heavy burden. With Sexton now aboard, maintaining a consistent level of play seems more likely. The rookie can soak in the seasoned advice over the course of next season and could eventually move from coming off the bench into a starting role. How quickly that happens remains to be seen, but Sexton appears to have the talent to accomplish it.

Conclusion

Sexton arrives just as the immediate future of the franchise is in doubt, with James pondering his status in the free-agent market. In the aftermath of James’ 2010 departure in the same manner, disaster struck as the team went through a torturous rebuilding process with Irving having to deal with the weight of heavy expectations.

The Cavaliers are better equipped to handle a James departure this time, though they’d prefer to have the veteran play a key role in Sexton’s development. At 19, the rookie is still scratching the surface of his potential, but the skills he already has in his arsenal are giving him a good chance of hitting the ground running.

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LeBron James Breaks Social Media Silence to Show What He’s Doing With Offseason https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/23/lebron-james-breaks-social-media-silence-to-show-what-hes-doing-with-offseason/ Sat, 23 Jun 2018 22:31:44 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29928 LeBron James has been noticeably absent from his favorite social media platform, Instagram, as of late. That all changed on Saturday, however, when James made his triumphant return to Instagram to show his fans how his offseason is going so far. James posted the first installment to his Instagram story on Friday night. In the […]

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LeBron James has been noticeably absent from his favorite social media platform, Instagram, as of late. That all changed on Saturday, however, when James made his triumphant return to Instagram to show his fans how his offseason is going so far.

James posted the first installment to his Instagram story on Friday night. In the short video, it appeared he was helping coach his son LeBron James Jr.‘s AAU squad, the North Coast Blue Chips.

Early on Saturday morning, James returned to Instagram to add to his story and show his followers that he’s back in the gym, getting ready for next season.

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Last summer, James surprised fans by posting gym photos and videos just a few days after losing in the 2017 NBA Finals. While it took him a bit longer to get back into the gym this time, it’s clear he’s still working on proving his haters wrong.

Hours later, James posted once again when he dedicated a post to his two sons, James Jr. and Bryce James. It marked the first time James had posted a photograph to Instagram since May 2.

We got now we don’t care who got next! Young Kings 👑. For Generations On

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It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that the four-time NBA MVP is getting back on social media just as news surrounding his impending free agency really begins to heat up.

While no one knows where James plans to continue his NBA career just yet, fans will be sure to be checking his Instagram regularly to see if they can spot any clues regarding his future.

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Report: 76ers ‘Doing Everything They Can’ to Sign LeBron James to Max Contract https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/23/report-76ers-are-doing-everything-they-can-to-sign-lebron-james-to-max-contract/ Sat, 23 Jun 2018 20:07:44 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29924 The 2018 NBA Draft was the talk of the basketball world earlier this week. Now that the big night has come and gone, it seems that most people’s attention has returned to trying to figure out where LeBron James plans to continue his NBA career. According to a recent report, the Philadelphia 76ers are doing […]

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The 2018 NBA Draft was the talk of the basketball world earlier this week. Now that the big night has come and gone, it seems that most people’s attention has returned to trying to figure out where LeBron James plans to continue his NBA career.

According to a recent report, the Philadelphia 76ers are doing all that they can to try and get James to take his talents to the City of Brotherly Love.

NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt broke down what the 76ers are hoping to accomplish to make Philadelphia an attractive option for James.

“LeBron James will decide soon whether to exercise or decline a $35 million player option to remain with the Cavaliers,” he wrote. “There’s an outside chance he does that and runs it back with Cleveland one more time, who could potentially try to flip Kevin Love elsewhere to improve the roster.

“If he declines, the Sixers and Lakers come to the forefront of all James discussions, and the Sixers are doing everything they can to clear enough cap space to sign him outright to a max contract.”

After the 76ers sign their recent draft picks, they will have approximately $26 million in practical cap space. That would leave them around nine million short of the approximate $35 million James is expected to command.

The players to keep an eye on in terms of the 76ers’ attempt at creating cap space for James are Jerryd Bayless, Richaun Holmes, and Justin Anderson. Those three players are expected to command a total of approximately $12.6 million in cap space next season. If Philadelphia was able to dump the majority of those salaries, it would likely have the necessary space to sign James.

Hopefully the 76ers fail to make it work and take themselves out of the running to sign James. In the end, the less attractive options there are around the league, the better the chances are that James will decide to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Updated Odds to Land LeBron James After Last Night’s Draft Released https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/22/updated-odds-to-land-lebron-james-after-last-nights-draft-released/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:27:05 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29912 The multiple teams that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has reportedly considered when it comes to his potential free agency have ranged from strong contenders to long shots. Bovada offered updated odds after Thursday night’s draft, showing that the Cavaliers are currently second in the running behind the Los Angeles Lakers: Updated odds for which […]

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The multiple teams that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has reportedly considered when it comes to his potential free agency have ranged from strong contenders to long shots.

Bovada offered updated odds after Thursday night’s draft, showing that the Cavaliers are currently second in the running behind the Los Angeles Lakers:

The Lakers are considered to be the favorites because of their salary-cap flexibility and the fact that James owns two mansions in the Los Angeles area. That flexibility could entice James because Los Angeles would still be able to sign another major free agent like Oklahoma City’s Paul George. In addition, the Lakers are seeking to trade for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, a deal that could potentially turn the Lakers into immediate contenders for the NBA title.

Of course, the Cavaliers offer James the chance to stay in the area where he grew up and owns another mansion in suburban Akron. Maintaining the current situation would also allow James to avoid having to uproot his family and move elsewhere. One of the ways in which the Cavs are helping themselves in this competition is by making a concerted effort to upgrade the team’s roster. On Thursday night, they drafted University of Alabama guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the draft.

The other seven teams on the above list apparently have a much steeper challenge in front of them, with James’ former team, the Miami Heat, on the bottom of the pile. The reality is that until James actually makes his choice, such odds are just fun speculation.

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Report: LeBron and Cavs Have Had ‘Good Dialogue’ Leading Up to Free Agency https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/22/report-lebron-and-cavs-have-had-good-dialogue-leading-up-to-free-agency/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:32:00 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29847 Trying to figure out the free-agency intentions of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been something that’s partly focused on his relationship with the team’s front office. Despite his apparently shaky relationship with team owner Dan Gilbert, James hasn’t completely shut out the team leading up to the annual free-for-all that will see multiple teams, […]

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Trying to figure out the free-agency intentions of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been something that’s partly focused on his relationship with the team’s front office. Despite his apparently shaky relationship with team owner Dan Gilbert, James hasn’t completely shut out the team leading up to the annual free-for-all that will see multiple teams, including the Cavs, bidding on the 15-year veteran’s services.

During Thursday night’s NBA draft, Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman indicated that the discussions that have already taken place with the representatives of James have so far been positive:

“We continue to have good dialogue with his management team,” Altman said. “I think LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does. He’s done that before, so this is nothing new for us.

“We want to respect his space during this process, and I continue to have really good dialogue with his management team as he goes through that process. That’s probably all I can say at this point regarding him, but we don’t take him for granted. We love him, this city loves him. He means the world to us and this franchise.”

The long-held expectation is that James will declare for free agency. However, he still has to officially inform the team by midnight on June 29 whether on not he plans on picking up the option on his contract for the 2018-19 season.

One major positive that can be seen from Altman’s comments comes from comparing this year’s negotiations with James to eight years ago, when he subsequently left to play for four years with the Miami Heat. In 2010, James and his management team had little or no contact with Cleveland’s front office leading up to free agency, which ratcheted up the concern that he was leaving. Those fears were then realized when his made his infamous “Decision” during an hour-long ESPN program.

Altman is aware of the pressure on him to retain James, but remains confident that the team’s efforts will be enough to connect with the superstar, especially when it comes to toppling the Golden State Warriors:

“We need to get better to beat one of the all-time great teams in the history of the game, with their talent level and what they put together,” Altman said. “Dan Gilbert will spare no expense and is committed to winning championships. That is our goal. We did not meet that goal, but we have to keep doing better, and we have to invest in player development. We have to get better with our youth, and then we have to explore opportunities to add and try to improve our talent level as well. That’s my job, and we are certainly trying to attack that as we speak, for sure.”

The Cavaliers took one step in that direction on Thursday night by using the eighth overall pick in the draft to take take guard Collin Sexton from the University of Alabama. The backcourt was one of the key areas that needed to be addressed by the Cavs, with the 19-year-old helping to inject some talented new blood into the veteran team.

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J.R. Smith’s Game 1 Jersey From NBA Finals Sells For Insane Price https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/22/j-r-smiths-game-1-jersey-from-nba-finals-sells-for-insane-price/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:43:33 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29904 If it were up to Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, everyone would forget the role he played in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Smith infamously committed a costly blunder in the Cavs’ heartbreaking defeat when he dribbled out the clock with seconds remaining in the game. The contest ultimately ended in an […]

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If it were up to Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, everyone would forget the role he played in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

Smith infamously committed a costly blunder in the Cavs’ heartbreaking defeat when he dribbled out the clock with seconds remaining in the game. The contest ultimately ended in an overtime defeat for the Cavs.

While Smith would likely prefer to erase the entire game from his memory, one fan evidently felt very differently.

According to TMZ Sports, an unidentified individual paid a jaw-dropping $23,548 for the jersey that Smith wore during Game 1 of the finals.

“ICYMI — the bidding started at $620 … but things started heating up on the final day of bidding, with the number reaching around $11k … then DOUBLING before the auction closed,” TMZ reported.

Smith’s Game 1 miscue was definitely the talk of the basketball world when it first happened. When the Cavs ultimately lost the series in a four-game sweep, however, it became quite clear that Smith was not solely to blame for his team’s defeat. Considering that, it’s likely that the jersey will lose much of its monetary value very soon.

Here’s to hoping that the unidentified fan doesn’t experience any buyer’s remorse.

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Cavs Rumors: LeBron James Working to Bring Other All-Stars to Cleveland https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/22/report-lebron-james-working-to-bring-other-all-stars-to-cleveland/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:00:22 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29899 Throughout the NBA, fans and experts alike have now seemingly agreed that LeBron James will likely decide between re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and taking his talents to Southern California. While some see the Los Angeles Lakers as the favorites right now, James’ recent actions seem to indicate that he is still hoping to stay […]

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Throughout the NBA, fans and experts alike have now seemingly agreed that LeBron James will likely decide between re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and taking his talents to Southern California.

While some see the Los Angeles Lakers as the favorites right now, James’ recent actions seem to indicate that he is still hoping to stay in Cleveland.

According to a recent report, James is actively trying to recruit other star players to join him in Northeast Ohio.

“All the arrows point to him bolting, but I know for a fact that LeBron is trying to figure out if other stars around the league want to come play with him, but come play with him in Cleveland first,” ESPN’s Ryen Russillo said. “I have been alone on this, he may end up moving on, but I know for a fact that LeBron is still trying to find a way make it happen in Cleveland. I just don’t know if anybody wants to go there with him.”

It is certainly encouraging to hear that James is looking for ways to remain in the Wine and Gold, but it is still up to Cavs general manager Koby Altman and owner Dan Gilbert to find a way to make it happen.

So far, the two stars that have been most closely connected to the Cavs are San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker. However, those are not the only two All-Stars potentially available as several top-tier talents are expected to hit the free-agency market along with James in just over a week.

It would take quite a bit a creativity from the Cavs’ front office to free up the cap space necessary to sign a star, but crazier things have happened.

The three-time NBA champ’s preferred destination remains far from clear. What is clear is that he likely wont be staying in Cleveland if the Cavs are not able to add some substantial talent to their roster. If they can’t, it seems likely that James will look to continue his storied NBA career elsewhere.

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ESPN Insider Confirms LeBron James Considering Only Two Teams in Free Agency https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/22/espn-insider-confirms-lebron-james-considering-only-two-teams-in-free-agency/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:13:51 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29895 As stated more than a week ago by Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has likely narrowed down his free-agency decision to just two teams: Cleveland and Los Angeles. A big part of the reasoning continues to revolve around James’ family and where they feel most comfortable settling down. James currently […]

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As stated more than a week ago by Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has likely narrowed down his free-agency decision to just two teams: Cleveland and Los Angeles.

A big part of the reasoning continues to revolve around James’ family and where they feel most comfortable settling down. James currently has homes both in Cleveland and Los Angeles.

On a Thursday edition of ESPN’s “The Jump,” Brian Windhorst corroborated Cowherd’s statement and said that he believes James is considering just two teams to join this summer.

“I think it’s really where his family is gonna be qualifies the teams,” said Windhorst. “You have to get by his wife Savannah and his sons to say yes. I think L.A. and Cleveland pass that and I think that’s why they’re in the driver seat right now, those two teams.

James has until July 29 to opt in or out of the final year of his contract, while free agency will officially begin on July 1.

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Collin Sexton to Wear Kyrie Irving’s Old Jersey Number https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/21/collin-sexton-to-wear-kyrie-irvings-old-number/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:05:52 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29884 The Cleveland Cavaliers zeroed in on Collin Sexton as their pick at the 2018 NBA Draft and nabbed him when their turn was up with the eighth selection. The dynamic point guard from the University of Alabama will be taking over the playmaking duties vacated by Kyrie Irving after he was traded to the Boston […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers zeroed in on Collin Sexton as their pick at the 2018 NBA Draft and nabbed him when their turn was up with the eighth selection. The dynamic point guard from the University of Alabama will be taking over the playmaking duties vacated by Kyrie Irving after he was traded to the Boston Celtics last summer.

But that’s not the only thing Sexton will be taking from Irving.

According to Cavs play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod, Sexton has chosen to wear Irving’s old number.

It’s a very interesting choice for the newly drafted point guard, who will be under the watchful eye of the Cleveland faithful. Sexton was one of the most explosive guards in college last season and he may soon make Cavs fans forget about Irving.

Taking on the number of arguably the best point guard in Cavs history is a huge gamble, but Sexton seems up for the challenge.

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No. 8 Pick Collin Sexton Makes Immediate Pitch to Keep LeBron James in Cleveland https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/06/21/no-8-pick-collin-sexton-makes-immediate-pitch-to-keep-lebron-james-in-cleveland/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:54:58 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=29878 The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially selected former University of Alabama guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Sexton has been discussed as a possible option for the Cavs for quite some time, and just moments after Sexton was drafted, he seemed ready to share a message to four-time MVP […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially selected former University of Alabama guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Sexton has been discussed as a possible option for the Cavs for quite some time, and just moments after Sexton was drafted, he seemed ready to share a message to four-time MVP and potential future teammate LeBron James.

Leading up to the draft, a report had indicated that James and his camp saw Sexton as one of the most compelling prospects in the draft.

Whether Cavs general manager Koby Altman and owner Dan Gilbert opted to pick Sexton in an effort to persuade James to re-sign or because they truly saw him as the best prospect on the board is unclear. One this that is clear, however, is that the Cavs got one seriously talented player.

Sexton is a ball-dominant point guard with elite athleticism and the competitive spirit necessary to succeeed in the league. In his one season with the Crimson Tide, he averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

It’s impossible to predict whether or not the Cavs drafting Sexton will be enough to convince James to re-sign with Cleveland. If it’s not, the young point guard will likely go from being a talented role player to the young face of an organization very soon.

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