NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Have Emerged As Top Suitor For Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton

Published 07/13/2021, 11:00 PM EDT
Jan 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) starts to shoot a three-point basket in the second overtime against the Brooklyn Nets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks surpassed all expectations in the 2020-21 season. Not only was their regular-season record 41-31, which landed them in the fourth-seed, they were also able to crack the playoffs. Even though they were eliminated in the first round itself by the Atlanta Hawks, they are way ahead in their rebuild as a contender as one would have thought. And another step towards that might be by signing Collin Sexton.

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Why will the Cleveland Cavaliers give up Collin Sexton?

Any point guard that is available in the trade market this offseason, the Knicks will have their eye on them. The Knicks relied majorly on Elfrid Payton as their starting point guard and that worked wonders for them. However, Derrick Rose, Payton, and Alec Burks are all set to hit the free-agency market as well. So, getting a PG will be their top priority.

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With that in mind, a recent report has indicated, “The Knicks are the most aggressive trade suitor for Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton. Sexton is eligible for his rookie extension this offseason. And with one year left on his deal, it allows Cleveland to continue to be patient in constructing the roster.”

While adding Sexton would make a lot of sense for the Knicks, why would the Cavaliers want to rid themselves of an electric scorer like him? To unburden themselves from future financial complications, getting rid of Sexton is the best solution. Also, the Cavaliers still need to continue to build a better roster since they were hardly alive this season as well.

Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) during the second quarter of a game at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

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How does Sexton fit in with the Knicks?

In exchange for Collin, the Knicks could offer the No. 19 and 21 overall picks in the 2021 NBA Draft to the Cavs. Along with it, Immanuel Quickly and a 2023 first-round pick could be added to the package as well. This way, the offer is reasonable and the Knicks don’t have to give up their biggest superstars like Julius Randle and R.J. Barrett.

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The 24.3 points per game, 4.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds point guard can be a great addition to Tom Thibodeau’s intense roster. Collin isn’t perfect but no one can deny that he works very hard. His inconsistent defense is one that needs attention. But that also might have to do with the offensive burden that he had to take on in Cleveland.

May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and Julius Randle (30) react after Randle fouled out of the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Undoubtedly, the Knicks are an elite defensive franchise, and Sexton can thrive in it. But is a premature trade a smart decision for the Knicks? Or should they wait for the offseason that will have more PGs in free agency, NBA draft, and more trade opportunities to nab?

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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