Cleveland Cavaliers starting point guard George Hill will reportedly be sidelined for two weeks with a sprained right shoulder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Another tough blow for 1-10 Cleveland: Point guard George Hill will miss two weeks with a sprained right shoulder, league sources tell ESPN. First-round pick Collin Sexton will continue to get the opportunity to start.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 9, 2018
Hill, acquired by the formerly championship-hopeful Cavs in a deal with Sacramento at last season’s trade deadline, had surprisingly kept the starting role with the lottery-bound team this year. Despite being drafted eighth overall by the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Draft, rookie Collin Sexton will now be the team’s starting point guard for just the second time this season during the team’s Saturday night matchup with the Chicago Bulls.
The former Purdue Boilermaker is averaging 11.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 11 games played for the Cavs, all except one as a starter. Now 32-years-old and nothing more than a serviceable option at point guard, the struggling Cavs may look to deal the final two years of Hill’s colossal three-year, $57 million contract if Sexton pans out as the team’s starter.
Sexton will now look to seize control as the Cavaliers’ lead guard as the team had hoped when they drafted the Alabama product in June. Sexton is averaging 10.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists through the first 11 games of his rookie campaign, mainly coming off the bench thus far.