Instead, he has seemingly used it as motivation, consistently putting up big numbers while his relationship with LeBron James, one that some thought was rocky early on, continues to trend in the right direction.
Almost one week before LeBron James must inform the Cleveland Cavaliers whether he intends to pick up the option on his contract with the Cavs for next season, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman said he and James' camp have already established a "good dialogue".
"You take Philly out, you take Houston out if they have cap problems; Daryl Morey - we all assume he can swing it, but let's say he can't - and the Lakers out, all of a sudden LeBron looks around and says, 'I might as well stay put'".
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In addition, the source also reveals that LeBron James' camp has been in contact with the Cavs front office and that James has made it pretty clear over the years that he wants to be in Cleveland and raise his family there. The first was a one-year deal with an option, which he declined in 2015 and signed up for the same deal. The confident 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is a proven scorer and he addresses a major need for the Cavs, who traded All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston previous year and spent all season trying to replace him.
Sexton goes from one former National Basketball Association point guard as coach - matriculating under the tutelage of Avery Johnson at Alabama and advancing to Coach Lue at the next level. I knew that question would come, but I like to be here.
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"I hope", Altman said. "Always wanted to win here". The last Alabama player to be selected in the draft was forward Richard Hendrix, who was picked No. 49 overall by the Golden State Warriors 10 years ago. Who can Cleveland even get for the draft pick?
The thing is James doesn't necessarily have to opt out of his deal, as he has a player option for next season with the Cavaliers that would pay him $35.6 million. "And I think ball handling wise he can take the load off LeBron a little bit and again".
The Cavaliers didn't out-think the process on Thursday night. They believe they have some assets to do just that, though Altman suggested the Cavs plan to keep Sexton, rather than trade him.
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