Cleveland Cavaliers make a smart pick with Collin Sexton -- Terry Pluto

After the National Basketball Association draft Thursday, where the Cavaliers drafted Alabama guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick, general manager Koby Altman said the Cavs and James' people have established a "good dialogue".

The Mableton, Ga., native finished the year ranked second in the Southeastern Conference with 19.2 points per game, while adding 3.8 rebounds and a team-leading 3.6 assists per contest. 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 a year ago. That struggle was epitomized during the NBA Finals, in which Cleveland was swept by Golden State, with J.R. Smith's blunder at the end of regulation in Game 1 coming to symbolize James as Atlas struggling to hold up the sky.

The latest chapter was penned Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the 6-foot-2 guard was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 8 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

If James does not exercise his player option of $35.6 million on his contract next season by June 29, he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

There have been many groups and circles that have very "different" views on how we should use the 8 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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

And while there are numerous unknowns, there is one indisputable fact: the Cavs must upgrade their roster to have any chance of keeping James and continuing a relationship that was resurrected in 2014. It's possible James could choose to sign a one-year deal again with a player option and go through the free-agency dance again next summer.

The cut-and-dry takeaway: LeBron James sells tickets, and even though most might roll their eyes with we-already-knew-that agreement, he probably sells more than you think.

"Knowing that it's a business, I know that's cliché to say, take it in stride".

The good news is Sexton is a 78 percent shooter from the foul line, meaning he has decent form and release on his shot.

My favorite player in the draft! "I think (Knox) is a guy who's really helped him in this pre-draft process". Dan Gilbert is well-known for being very hands-on as an owner, and while he doesn't technically make the draft choices, the guys that he hires do, and they have been less than stellar.

"It just shows all my hard work paid off", Sexton said when asked about his rise from being an unranked high school player to a lottery pick. However, a source close to James believed Sexton was as good as any other point guard in the draft.

  • Steve Townsend