Cavs picking up Collin Sexton’s third-year contract option

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Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks for an opening to charge past Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic in the 3rd quarter at Amway Center on October 23, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND— The Cavaliers have exercised guard Collin Sexton’s third-year contract option.

Sexton just started his second season with Cleveland, but following his strong rookie year the Cavs are convinced he’s a major part of their future and decided to exercise the option.

The No. 8 overall pick in 2018 will make $4.9 million in 2020-21. The team has another option on Sexton for the 2021-22 season.

The former Alabama standout got off to a slow start last season, but came on strong and averaged 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 82 games. Sexton is averaging 17.3 points in three games this season for the Cavs, who host Chicago on Wednesday.

The Cavs are pairing Sexton in the backcourt with Darius Garland, the No. 5 overall pick this year.

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