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With LeBron James gone and the Cleveland Cavaliers entering a new direction, every player on the roster is available in trade talks except rookie point guard Collin Sexton, ESPN insider Brian Windhorst says.
The Cavs aren’t actively shopping any players according to Windhorst, but would listen to trade offers should a team approach them.
All-Star power forward Kevin Love is the best asset at the Cavs’ disposal. Love signed a five-year, $113.2 million extension in 2015. He has two years left on his deal, but can become a free agent in 2019, as he has a player option for the final season of his contract.
“I think the Cavs would trade Kevin Love and Kyle Korver, but aren’t out there peppering teams for trade offers,” Windhorst said on ESPN Cleveland. “I don’t think the Cavs want to trade them, it’s just that they aren’t untouchable. The only untouchable is Collin Sexton.”
Unless the Cavs get a grand offer for Love before the season starts, their best move is to feature Love as the primary option on offense to begin the year so he can inflate his numbers and increase his trade value around the league leading up to the February trade deadline.
The risk with that method, however, is that Love could get hurt and then the Cavs would be stuck with him. Love has a long history of injuries.
League sources have told Amico Hoops that the Cavs would like to acquire draft picks in exchange for Korver should they part ways with him.
Sexton has been playing great for the Cavs’ Summer League team and is showing why the front office was high on him.
The 6-foot-3 guard has been getting to the rim at will, finishing in heavy traffic and attacking the basket in transition, something the Cavs will need from him on a nightly basis in the regular season to generate easy offense.