KEY POINTS

  • The Warriors are linked to Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton
  • The Cavs are considering the idea of offloading Sexton
  • The Knicks pose to be a more feasible destination for Sexton

The Golden State Warriors know they need to infuse young blood if they are to improve their campaign starting next season.

It appears one player that may be on their radar is Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Several teams are being linked to the 22-year-old guard as one of his potential destinations. The Bay Area could make sense although it raises a lot of questions.

At the top of the list is what assets would the Warriors offer to get a Sexton trade done.

Incoming sophomore James Wiseman is unlikely to be included in the deal according to sources.

Hence, this somehow hints that the Dubs’ chances on the 6-foot-1 guard are little to none.

A reason seen as to why the Cavs want to deal away Sexton is their financial situation. He is in line to get a huge contract extension next year, and Cleveland could be steering clear of that.

He is eligible for a $168 million deal over five years, a fee that the Cavaliers may not be willing to give.

Another fact to consider is that Sexton is more likely to end up with a backup role rather than a starter.

With Klay Thompson seen by most to return by next season and Stephen Curry still around, Sexton may be nothing more than someone who will be part of the second unit of head coach Steve Kerr.

Instead, Kerr is more likely to look at the free-agent market for players who can beef up other positions.

The center-forward position leaves a lot to be desired–a reason why trading Wiseman for Sexton is unlikely to happen.

Hence, a potential deal involving Sexton may only get done but through other assets. The probability of that happening is low, meaning this alleged interest is unlikely to gain ground.

Regardless, Sexton could still be of use to other teams like perhaps the New York Knicks.

Compared to the Cavs, New York has the financial capacity to spare.

Also, the fact that the Knicks are looking for a seasoned guard could be the perfect opening for the eighth overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Collin Sexton against the Golden State Warriors Eric Paschall #7 of the Golden State Warriors passes the ball against Collin Sexton #2 and Isaac Okoro #35 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter at Chase Center Photo: Getty Images | Lachlan Cunningham