When LeBron James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time, he also left behind a ton of questions.
What path should the franchise take?
With George Hill, JR Smith, Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic all set to return and first-round pick Collin Sexton now in the mix, playing time might be confusing to allocate for head coach Tyronn Lue.
Judging by the lucrative salaries associated with some of the team’s veterans (especially Love, Hill, Thompson and Smith), it’s reasonable to assume that a few moves will be made before the start of next year.
The team might even elect to start a rebuild.
As a sign of the uncertainty, only one player on the roster is considered untouchable.
“I think the Cavs would trade Kevin Love and Kyle Korver but aren't out there peppering teams for trade offers. I don't think the Cavs want to trade them, its just that they aren't untouchable. The only untouchable is Collin Sexton,” NBA insider Brian Windhorst said during a Thursday appearance on ESPN Radio.
Sexton starred at the University of Alabama during his one-and-done season, averaging 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29.9 minutes per game.
As of Thursday night, Sexton has continued to be a source of points at the NBA level. Through four Summer League games, the rookie is averaging 18.8 points on 48.0 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 28.8 minutes.
"Collin's been very good," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after Sexton’s 25-point, seven-assist, four-rebound performance on Monday. "I like the way he attacks the basket, he's good in the pick-and-roll. He's got a good pull-up jump shot, and he's just making the right play. … There are some things he still needs to work on and get better at, but I am very, very pleased with the way Collin's been playing.”
"His competitive nature is infectious," Cavs general manager Koby Altman said after that game. "I think everyone has enjoyed having him around."
Therefore, while everyone else seems to be expendable, Sexton's future in Cleveland is set in stone. Since he will likely receive a lot of playing time during his rookie season, the idea of moving Hill and/or Clarkson seems logical.
Like Windhorst noted, the Cavaliers do not seem to be actively shopping everyone on the team, but if they're presented with a deal they can't refuse, anyone can be sent away except for the rookie.