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As they await word from LeBron James on whether he will return or not, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to go about their business.
Toward that end, the Cavaliers hosted Alabama’s Collin Sexton for a workout Saturday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
No rest for the weary: With the Cavs’ season ending in a Finals sweep on Friday, the front office hosted a draft workout for Alabama guard Collin Sexton on Saturday, league sources tell ESPN.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 9, 2018
Sexton, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound 19-year-old guard was watched in person by Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert during a game last season against Trae Young and Oklahoma, mentioned as another possible selection for the Cavaliers.
Koby and team right back at em early this morning evaluating a very interesting draft prospect. Grinding forward… pic.twitter.com/zIsUruAyoy
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) June 9, 2018
Sexton averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29.9 minutes per game as a freshman for Alabama this season. In the NCAA tournament, he scored 25 points in leading the Crimson Tide past Virginia Tech in an opening-round game and then had 17 points two days later in a loss to eventual tournament champion Villanova.
“He’s going to be able to defend the elite, physical, explosive guards,” ESPN college basketball analyst and former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “The one thing for me is if the ball is in his hands, he’s going to have to develop his vision and his feel and seeing the floor and seeing plays develop. If he has an ‘if’ to me, that’s the biggest if.”
Cleveland hosted Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. for a workout Wednesday before the Cavaliers took on the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers own the eighth overall selection in the draft, which will be held June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, originally own by the Brooklyn Nets but acquired by Boston and sent to Cleveland as part of the Kyrie Irving trade Aug. 22.
“When they make this pick on June 21, they are not going to know what LeBron James is going to do,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said. “”He’s not going to give them any guidance, any direction.
“They’re going to pick a player there based on whether he can potentially coexist with the LeBron future of moving on from the LeBron era.”