Cavaliers select Alabama's Sexton with No. 8 pick

Cavaliers select Alabama's Sexton with No. 8 pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers made one pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night, and the player they took happens to be one that LeBron James and his camp are reportedly enamored with. The five-time All-Star had his most efficient season in Cleveland, averaging 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 41.5 percent from beyond the arc in 28 minutes a night, his lowest over the last four years. The confident 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is a proven scorer and he addresses a major need for the Cavs, who traded All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston past year.

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It's basically a foregone conclusion that LeBron James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in eight years and will be the uncontested gem of 2018 National Basketball Association free agency.

The thing is James doesn't necessarily have to opt out of his deal, as he has a player option for next season with the Cavaliers that would pay him $35.6 million.

The Cavs also had a glaring hole at point guard, and looked to have filled that with Alabama's Collin Sexton.

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

The Cavs did not have any indication about James' decision heading into the draft. And it's rare that teams have a chance to sign the best player in the world.

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Altman said he has had "really good dialogue" with James' management team.

"I think the pick, along with our youth and our momentum as a franchise, for LeBron and for everybody, I think there's a real energy here", Altman said.

"That's probably all I can say at this point regarding him, but we don't take him for granted", he said.

The Cavs' public interest in Sexton dates back to January, when several of the team's staff members and owner Dan Gilbert scouted him in person in a highly anticipated matchup against fellow draft prospect Trae Young.

"When you have LeBron, you don't have time for the draft". Carter is better defensively than his Blue Devil partner and could be one of the best defensive players in this entire draft class. "I don't ever want to grant somebody that".

According to a recent report, James is actively trying to recruit other star players to join him in Northeast Ohio.

And no other major player appears to have come close to shifting sales in recent years, as TickPick also analyzed year-to-year increases or drop-offs for teams that added or lost the following players: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade and Gordon Hayward.

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