Sexton Does "Absolutely Nothing" For LeBron

Collin Sexton may be a fine player, Sekou Smith says, but the eighth overall pick won't impact LeBron James' free-agency decision one bit

Tiki and Tierney
June 26, 2018 - 10:01 am

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The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Collin Sexton eighth overall in the NBA Draft last week, and please excuse LeBron James if his reaction was as follows:

Yawn.

“Absolutely nothing,” NBA-TV analyst Sekou Smith said on Tiki and Tierney, when asked what the Sexton selection meant for James. “That’s not a knock on Collin Sexton. He’s actually from where I live here in suburban Atlanta. He went to high school with my kids, and I’m fired up for him because I think he’s a fantastic kid from a really good family, and he’s got a chance to be a really good NBA player. But he doesn’t move LeBron’s needle one bit.”

Sexton, 19, averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists for Alabama last season. He’s a talented player, but he’s not going to impact where James plays next season.

“Cleveland should understand that and make sure they do whatever they can to make sure (Sexton is) successful,” Smith said, “as opposed to dangling him out there or holding him as some sort of trade piece or pawn in the LeBron sweepstakes. They’ve got to start at some point planning for life after LeBron. Whether it happens this summer or next summer or a couple years down the road – whenever – you got to start getting your player-development program together so you can survive if and when LeBron walks out that door.”