The Cleveland Cavaliers should keep their options open and consider trading either Collin Sexton or Darius Garland. But, which one is worth more?
Through two years of a rebuild, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland stand as the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ two most recent lottery picks. The two guards have silver linings but don’t appear to gel together on the court. Consequently, trade rumors are already building up.
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Sexton served as the Cavs’ first major pick up after the loss of LeBron James. The speed demon guard out of Alabama had a rocky rookie season but finished strong enough to secure a spot on the 2018 All-Rookie team.
His running mate, Garland, had a similarly bumpy first season. However, it’s incredibly likely that Garland misses out on reaching an All-Rookie team as his performances were mostly underwhelming.
Both Sexton and Garland have shown promise. Sexton is a natural scorer while Garland looked much better as a shooter and playmaker towards the back half of the season. But, they do not complement each other well. It might be best for the franchise to consider splitting up this duo.
The upcoming NBA Draft is a prime opportunity to test the market and gauge Sexton/Garland’s value. Most of the top prospects in the 2020 draft class are guards. This gives the Cavs a chance to instantly fill in the gap left behind by trading one of these two players.
Dealing away one of the Cavs’ most recent lottery picks could have a seismic impact on their future. Before the franchise makes an official decision, they need to weigh the pros and cons.