Collin Sexton signs rookie contract with Cleveland Cavaliers The Cleveland Cavaliers signed first-round draft pick and former Alabama men’s basketball star Collin Sexton to a rookie contract, general manager Koby Altman announced Wednesday, July 4th. Sexton and the Cavs agreed to a four-year deal that’s worth up to $20.2 million. The eighth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Sexton, will earn $4.07 million during his first season, according to a report from Cleveland.com. Rookie contracts are guaranteed for the first two years. Now that he has signed his rookie deal, Sexton cannot be traded for 30 days. But with LeBron Jamesnow a Los Angeles Laker, Cleveland has no intentions of moving its lottery selection. “We’re going to invest a lot of time into him, and he’s a part of this culture now of winning, of hard work, attitude, the stuff we talk about,” Altman said in an introductory news conference last month. In 33 games (32 starts) at Alabama in 2017-18, Sexton averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29.9 minutes. The SEC Co-Freshman of the Year totaled the most points ever by a Crimson Tide freshman and the third-most in a single season in school history with 632 total points. He was also named a 2017-18 AP Honorable Mention All-America selection. “We’re just excited and honored to have had an opportunity to coach Collin Sexton,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said following the 2018 NBA Draft. “He had an incredible impact on our program on and off the court. He was extremely efficient on the court, dynamic on the court, was a great teammate, very coachable. Helped lead us to the NCAA Tournament and advance in the NCAA Tournament, which hadn’t happened in a long time. “We’re just as proud of his accomplishments and exploits in the classroom. Straight-A student. Never was late for a class, never missed a class. Was very productive in the classroom and was a great role model coming in as a McDonald’s All-American and just produced on and off the court. “The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting an outstanding player, a player that I think is going to be a better pro than what he was as a collegiate player because of all the space and games are longer. He’s going to be playing with more experienced players. He’s a multi-level player. He can get the ball to the basket and finish. Great mid-range game. Much improved three-point shooter. And then he’s going to be very competitive on the defensive end.” Continuing to wear jersey No. 2 with the Cavs, Sexton is expected to compete in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League, starting Friday. There, he will match up with former Alabama standout Levi Randolph, who is playing on the Indiana Pacers’ summer league squad.