• Sexton says Cavs now have direction
  • Sexton latest player to fete Bickerstaff
  • Cavs have five good players they must keep

Despite another bungled season, it appears the Cleveland Cavaliers are set for better things. Several players have already spoken out about the change of head coach and most have had positive reviews on JB Bickerstaff. You can add sophomore guard Collin Sexton to the list.

Sexton admits that the energy within the Cavs is now entirely different. He adds that they now have direction and communication lines are now open, reported. In short, the Cavs are now having fun playing basketball and the outlook looks promising.

“We’re all trying to play for something now. I would say we’re a lot closer and there’s more freedom for everyone to talk and for everyone to get their point across. If you feel like the coverage isn’t going to work, we’re able to tell the coach and just have that discussion, which is really cool.”

On paper, there is no denying that the Cavaliers have a decent lineup that can compete. However, things just did not work out with the previous coach John Beilein. In what was seen as a youth movement, it appears Bickerstaff has struck it well with both the young guys and the veterans. Signs of promise have been seen in the last games of the Cavs and it will be interesting how things go starting this summer.

The Cavs own a promising young backcourt. Aside from Sexton, there is Darius Garland who has shown potential. Add a trio of veteran All-Star big men and Bickerstaff may have something going by next season. However, that all depends on what goes down this offseason.

Kevin Love remains in trade rumors while Tristan Thompson and Andre Drummond are set to become free agents. So far, Love and Thompson have been enjoying their time under Bickerstaff. It will be interesting if they stay on with the team by the time the 2020-21 NBA wars start.

Drummond made it clear before that he intends to check out free-agency if Beilein remains. He has yet to air his take on the coaching change but there is a chance he could be swayed to stay.

The Cavaliers are 17-45 and at the tail-end of the NBA Eastern Conference. They are on a four-game losing streak with several stars injured. With 20 games to go, the players who will stay and go will likely be known. But if general manager Koby Altman is wise, he may want to try and keep these five players for next season.

Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In this picture, Sexton poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images