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The Cleveland Cavaliers and point guard Collin Sexton failed to come to terms on a contract extension Monday, but it wasn’t because of the 22-year-old’s contract demands.
According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, Sexton’s camp had hoped to receive a contract offer in the range of $100 million, but they were never stuck on that number. Sexton was reportedly willing to take less money, but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
The 2018 eighth overall pick is now set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season. Despite not getting a new contract done, Sexton remained in good spirits in Tuesday’s practice.
“He was the same guy,” Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of Sexton. “He was competing. He was doing all the things that we asked him to do that he’s always done. His personality was good, his temperament was good. How he interacted with his teammates was good.”
Sexton is entering his fourth NBA season. He averaged career highs in points (24.3), assists (4.4), minutes (35.3) and field-goal percentage (47.5) during the 2020-21 season.
Sexton admitted that he was disappointed but said he didn’t want to let his teammates down.
“The approach is still the same,” Sexton said. “I’m just coming in ready to work. We’ve got one goal and that’s to win and get to the playoffs.
“I was disappointed,” he added. “But that doesn’t take away from the teammates itself. We’re going to figure it out, and we’re going to win basketball games together and have a good season.”
The Cavaliers have finished with a record below .500 and missed the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. Sexton hopes to buck that trend this year.
Cleveland will begin its season Wednesday in a road matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.