The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Alabama guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the National Basketball Association draft, taking a playmaker they hope convinces LeBron James to re-sign with them.
The 33-year old James is coming off a year in which he carried the Cavaliers to their fourth straight Finals appearance, shouldering a massive load during the postseason.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected former Alabama Crimson Tide stand-out Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
James has until June 29 to exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season or decline it and become an unrestricted free agent, officially making him the planet's best and most coveted player.
On Thursday, the Cavs had the 8th overall draft pick, choosing Collin Sexton, one of the most dynamic guards in the country. With the 24th pick of the 2014 draft, they took Napier.
Bottom line is that he is a younger, much-needed upgrade over the likes of George Hill and Jordan Clarkson, and depending on LBJ, could make an immediate impact and be a legit candidate for Rookie Of the Year honors.More news: Germany coach Joachim Low ponders over future after defending champions' meek exit
With or without James, the Cavs need a young, talented point guard.
The odds favor finding good players the higher you draft.
Although most people seem convinced LeBron is going to leave Cleveland again, Cavs GM Koby Altman insist the team has had "good dialogue" with the four-time NBA MVP.
"LeBron has more than earned the right to approach his contracts the way he does", Altman said.
It appears the Cavaliers are doing everything they can to keep LeBron James. "And what was really encouraging about the workout is he actually shot it a lot better".
"You take Philly out, you take Houston out if they have cap problems; Daryl Morey - we all assume he can swing it, but let's say he can't - and the Lakers out, all of a sudden LeBron looks around and says, 'I might as well stay put'". Carter is better defensively than his Blue Devil partner and could be one of the best defensive players in this entire draft class.More news: India Preparing for Cut in Oil Imports From Iran
While both Cleveland-and the rest of the planet that isn't watching FIFA World Cup 2018-awaits where the King will go, his present kingdom selected a possible apprentice known as The Young Bull who may one day inherit his throne.
He is just too risky for me.
Sexton also made a pitch for James during ESPN's broadcast of the draft, saying the Cavaliers can return to the Finals if he comes back.
He went on to be named the SEC's top newcomer and a first-team all-conference selection.
Cleveland's draft decisions tonight will not only have a lasting influence on LeBron's future, but they will also have an immediate impact on the entire state of OH as well.More news: Based firm to track Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju's box office collections
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