Cavs exercise contract options on Collin Sexton, Kevin Porter Jr., Darius Garland, Dylan Windler

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 13:53:59-05

CLEVELAND — Hours before the team was set to take the court for their home opener, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they had exercised the fourth-year contract option on Collin Sexton and the third-year options on Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and Dylan Windler.

Sexton, who was selected by the Cavaliers with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, started in all 65 games for Cleveland last season, averaging 20.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and three assists.

Last season, Sexton joined LeBron James and Kyrie Irving as the only Cavaliers to ever average 200 points in a season before the age of 22. He notched the third-highest scoring average among second-year players last season, behind only Trae Young and Luka Doncic.

Sexton has appeared in every game of his NBA career so far, 147 games, and closed out last season with five-straight games with 25 points or more.

Throughout his career, Sexton has averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32.3 minutes.

Garland was selected by the Cavaliers with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He appeared in 59 games last season, all starts, and averaged 12.3 points and 3.9 assists. He ranked second in rookies in assists per game, behind only Ja Morant.

Last season he finished in the Top 10 among all NBA rookies in minutes per game (third), three-pointers made (sixth), three-point percentage (sixth) and points per game (eighth).

Garland reached double digits in scoring 43 times last season and hit 105 three-pointers.

Porter Jr. was acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade with the Detroit Pistons in June of last year after he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2019 NBA Draft.

In the 50 games he played last season, three of them starting, Porter Jr. averaged 10 points 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Last season, Porter Jr. became just the third rookie in franchise history to record at least 30 points, eight rebounds and three steals in a single game, joining LeBron James (twice in 2003-04) and Ron Harper (once in 1986-87).

Windler was selected by the Cavaliers with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but missed all of last season due to a lower leg stress reaction.

The Cavaliers take on the Charlotte Hornets for their first game of the 2020-21 season in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Wednesday evening. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

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