The Cleveland Cavaliers have extended a qualifying offer to guard Collin Sexton, the team announced Tuesday.
Sexton, who appeared in 11 games (all starts) with the Cavaliers last season before missing the final 71 contests due to a left knee meniscus tear, is now a restricted free agent, which means the Cavs can match any offer made to him.
The 23-year-old Sexton finished the 2021-22 campaign with averages of 16.0 points, a career-high 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.91 steals in 28.7 minutes.
The market for the 6-1 guard should be interesting. The eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft has proven that he can score the basketball at a high level as he owns career averages of 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
This is a hunch, but based on how much he’s been around the team after the injury, it would appear that he would return to Cleveland.
We shall see.
NBA free agency begins Thursday, June 30 at 6 PM ET.
Also, the team announced that they had extended a two-way contract qualifying offer to guard R.J. Nembhard,
Nembhard, 23, who went undrafted out of Texas Christian University in 2021, originally signed a Two-Way contract with Cleveland on October 16 and appeared in 14 games for the Cavaliers this past season. He was converted to a standard NBA contract on March 31 and waived on April 7 before signing a second two-way contract with the Cavaliers on April 10.
Nembhard also played in 15 games (14 starts) for the Cleveland Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA G League team, averaging 24.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in 38.4 minutes per contest.