After making their pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft Thursday, the Cavaliers will "continue to have a good dialogue" with LeBron James as he considers whether or not to stay in Cleveland.
Sexton is only 19 and his one weakness is outside shooting -.336 from 3-point range.
The Cavs need a point guard with energy, and the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder will deliver just that.
By that time, the Cavs, still stinging from a Finals sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, hope to have chosen a player that makes them more appealing to the three-time champion, who is mulling whether to leave them - and his Northeast Ohio home - for the second time in his career.
The Cavaliers believe drafting point guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick on Thursday was a signal to James that they're still building around him.
Cleveland used the pick to draft Sexton - previously owned by Brooklyn - that it received from the Celtics in the Irving trade. Because we were more competitive, I think, this year than we were a year ago when we came back from Golden State having lost by a combined 40 points or something like that [in Games 1 and 2].
The Cavs' front office led by Altman entered the draft in the dark on James' plans. James has yet to inform the team about his decision this offseason, and will not do so before the draft as he is now on vacation with his family, ESPN reported.
"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team", Altman said.
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. We don't take him for granted.
Ostensibly, this is what Altman and coach Tyronn Lue, who was at Sexton's presser and spoke to this idea, mean about turning toward player development.
The good news is Sexton is a 78 percent shooter from the foul line, meaning he has decent form and release on his shot.
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.
"When you have LeBron, you don't have time for the draft". Then again, maybe they do in fact want to keep him, much like they have over the last four years.
And, Pluto says if James decides to stay, he'll likely sign another one-year deal, making the future just as uncertain. "But I feel like I'm not going to have to live up to anybody's shoes, but I'm going to come in and learn and be the best player I can be on the court as well as off the court".
He went on to be named the SEC's top newcomer and a first-team all-conference selection.