The Dallas Mavericks have explored the trade market this offseason as they looked for upgrades around superstar Luka Doncic. Tim Hardaway Jr. was discussed, but the Mavs could not find a suitable deal.
There is still one game-changing piece on the free agent market. Former Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton remains unsigned, despite having scored north of 20 points per game in two of his four seasons. Sexton is coming off knee surgery but has been playing this summer. The 23-year-old is healthy and ready to make an impact.
Sexton wants $20 per season on his new contract, but the Cavaliers have not offered it. With cap space dried up around the league, the only way he can find his way to a new team is via a sign-and-trade. Mavericks fans have been clamoring for Dallas to get involved, and the front office reportedly discussed it with Cleveland. Here is a look at the latest.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks and Cavaliers discussed a Collin Sexton sign-and-trade
Chris Fedor discussed all things Cavaliers on his latest episode of The Wine and Gold Podcast with Hayden Grove.
Fedor detailed how the market is holding up a Sexton deal. With Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell waiting to be dealt, the landscape in the league could change dramatically, and it could present an unexpected opportunity for the 23-year-old guard. He continued by saying this about the Mavericks and Jazz.
"Nobody has money to give Collin Sexton more than what the Cavs are willing to give him or can give him. Other teams do not have the need for Collin Sexton or the resources to make it happen. You can talk about the Utah Jazz right now as an interested suited. You can talk about the Dallas Mavericks. The Cavs have had conversations with Dallas about a sign-and-trade for Sexton, but if you’re talking about a sign-and-trade, the Cavs need something back that is going to be valuable to them. Neither the Jazz nor the Mavericks have the pieces that the Cavs would want back in a sign-and-trade for Collin."
The Cavaliers have remained steadfast in that belief. They do not want any pieces the Mavericks are willing to offer, which should not be surprising. Both teams want to qualify for the playoffs and contend for a championship this season, so neither team is looking to make a lateral move.
The Mavericks still have an open roster spot, but owner Mark Cuban was clear that the team does not plan to fill it before training camp. It gives them additional flexibility to make trades before the deadline, and it will be interesting to see what general manager Nico Harrison and the front office can pull off.
The Dallas Mavericks do not have the pieces to acquire Collin Sexton but expect them to remain active until February’s trade deadline. Stay tuned to see where Sexton ends up, and what the Mavs can accomplish this season.