Sexton is only 19 and his one weakness is outside shooting -.336 from 3-point range.
The 33-year old James is coming off a year in which he carried the Cavaliers to their fourth straight Finals appearance, shouldering a massive load during the postseason.
Despite their issues at guard, James led the Cavs to their fourth straight Finals, but they sorely missed Irving and didn't have almost enough firepower to hang with the Golden State Warriors, who swept them and won their third title in four years.
Whether James stays or leaves Cleveland, the Cavs' getting a playmaker was on top of the team's priority list ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft and that reflected in the Cavs' taking Sexton off the board early.
James will be playing his 16th season in the league.
With an eye toward rebuilding - and maybe persuading James to re-sign this summer - the Cavs selected Sexton, the lightning-quick Alabama point guard, on Thursday night with the No. 8 overall pick.
Sexton is in line to be the Cavs starting point guard next year. The problem with the Cavs' brass is that they have made a lot of questionable decisions about what would make that more likely.
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Leonard, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, missed all but nine games last season due to a quad injury. Free agency is days away, and reports suggest James wants to make his free agency decision quickly.
LeBron James might be as good as gone.
"We continue to have good dialogue with his management team", Koby Altman said.
Although Shaquille O'Neal has publicly said that LeBron doesn't need more championships to prove his status as the best in the world, it still comes to "King" James and his decision as he has made it plenty clear that he's chasing Michael Jordan's record of winning the National Basketball Association championship 6 times. One of them is LeBron's current team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"That's probably all I can say at this point regarding him, but we don't take him for granted", he said.
The good news is Sexton is a 78 percent shooter from the foul line, meaning he has decent form and release on his shot.
He is just too risky for me. "The unknown is something that you try to just put out of your hands for a certain amount of time". Despite all the talk that Golden State is unbeatable, Houston took the champs to seven games in the Western Conference Finals, going 3-2 against the Warriors in games that Paul played. He attended Game 4, and as he witnessed James, Kevin Durant and others competing at the highest level the game offers, Sexton could imagine one day being part of the action. "That's the only thing that's going to keep him in Cleveland".
Additionally, he was named the AP Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-SEC this past season, while the league's coaches voted him as the SEC Freshman of the Year and to the All-Freshman squad and All-SEC second team.