Cavs select Bama's Sexton to help convince LeBron to stay

Posted July 02, 2018

While Sexton apparently impressed the Cavs enough for them to make him the first point guard to come off the board, it begs questioning whether the move will be enough to entice James to remain with the team.

"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team", general manager Koby Altman said of James, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

James was on family vacation during the draft, multiple league sources told ESPN, and the Cavs entered Thursday without being informed of James' intentions for next season.

In what could be a post-King James rebuilding phase, Sexton obviously won't be replacing LeBron's production or winning touch, but he is capable of keeping the entertainment value high for Cleveland fans. During his first three years in Cleveland, the big man was the team's third scoring option on offense and had plenty of open shots with guys like James and Irving being able to take plenty of the defense's attention away from him. "That was the biggest thing, just show people what I can do". The continual mortgaging of the future, however, has left Cleveland capped out with few avenues for improvement, while teams like the Warriors, Celtics and Sixers continue to get better thanks in large part to players they drafted themselves.

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He returned to Cleveland in 2014, with a promise to bring a championship to "The Land" and did so successfully in 2016, as he produced one of the most virtuoso performances by any player, when his team went 1-3 down, only to win 4-3 in the 7-game series and LeBron James became an National Basketball Association champion for the 3rd time. He played in all 104 games, playoffs included, last season and averaged 34.0 points in the playoffs.

I've heard that said, and it's true.

Their only pure point guard on the roster is 32-year-old George Hill, so Sexton is a fit.

But history shows the Cavs can find a good player even lower than the No. 8 pick they now own.

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"We're very very fortunate to have him here and what he gave to this franchise this year was nothing short of remarkable", Altman said.

It just probably won't have any real impact on what LeBron does.

Altman was also asked whether he felt as if the Cavs are capable of positioning themselves to beat the Golden State Warriors should they get back to the NBA Finals for a fifth straight year with James next June. But this pick wasn't about giving James a young weapon on a championship team. The problem with the Cavs' brass is that they have made a lot of questionable decisions about what would make that more likely. Paul, a long-time friend of James, has reportedly said that James doesn't want to be in Houston and would rather end up in Los Angeles.

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