So here’s something that could definitely come back to haunt the Cavaliers. Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon reports the Cavs had the option of trading up for the third overall pick from the Hawks if they absorbed Kent Bazemore’s contract.
Bazemore is set to make $18 million in 2018 and has a player option for $18 million the following season, but the prize of taking on that contract obviously would have been Slovenian star Luca Doncic. The details from Cleveland.com:
A source said the Cavs were offered on draft night the chance to trade up to No. 3 with the Hawks in a deal that would’ve sent Kent Bazemore to Cleveland. Instead, Atlanta swapped spots with No. 5 Dallas, and the Mavericks ended up with Luka Doncic while the Hawks landed Trae Young.
Cleveland wanted Sexton and held firm at No. 8. Again, it’s very, very, very early, but the Cavs have every reason to be pleased with their pick. No one drafted ahead of Sexton is averaging more points per game in Vegas than him.
Sexton is averaging 19 points, three rebounds, and three assists through four Summer League games, so the Cavs are likely feeling good about their decision right now. That being said, Summer League really doesn’t mean a damn thing — you may recall names like Glenn Rice Jr. and Tyus Jones have won SL MVP in the past.