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Content: Collin Sexton badly wanted to play with LeBron James. His first season will be much different than he hoped. Sexton signed his rookie contract on Wednesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers <a title="Rashaan Evans Color Rush Jersey" href="http://www.authenticstennesseetitans.com/cheap-rashaan-evans-jersey">Rashaan Evans Color Rush Jersey</a> , who are taking their first steps since James announced he’s leaving to sign a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. When the Cavs drafted Sexton with the No. 8 pick last month, the Alabama guard instantly pleaded with James to re-sign with the Cavs. ”LeBron, let’s do it,” Sexton said in a TV interview moments after he was picked. ”I’ve seen you needed a few extra pieces this past season, and let’s do it. Let’s go back to the Finals.” For now, Sexton will have to settle for a four-year contract that could be worth $20.2 million over its length. Per NBA rules, Sexton can make a maximum of $4.1 million next season. The value is based on where he was selected. His contract is guaranteed for two years, with the Cavs holding options for the last two years. Cleveland made the announcement on Wednesday <a title="Sean Newcomb Atlanta Braves Jersey" href="http://www.atlantabravesteamshop.com/authentic-sean-newcomb-jersey">Sean Newcomb Atlanta Braves Jersey</a> , a holiday treat for the team’s fans still grappling with their emotions after James left for the second time in eight years. On Tuesday, the giant billboard of James that become a downtown landmark, and to some a symbol of the city’s rebirth, was removed. The team is hoping Sexton can help them recover from losing James, who led the Cavs to four straight NBA Finals and a championship in 2016. Sexton averaged 19.2 points as a freshman and played his best in big games, leading the Crimson Tide to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012. Now that he’s under contract, the 19-year-old can’t be traded for 30 days. However, the Cavs are likely to hang on to Sexton after they spent all last season in need of a point guard after trading All-Star Kyrie Irving last summer to Boston. Sexton will wear No. 2, Irving’s jersey number with Cleveland. Sexton is on Cleveland’s summer league roster and is expected to play in games in Las Vegas later this week. — When Pete Carroll decided to overhaul his coaching staff after last year’s flop <a title="http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-akins-jersey" href="http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-akins-jersey">http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-akins-jersey</a> , it was clear he wanted different voices in the ears of his key players. Or in the case of the Seahawks defense, a familiar voice coming from a different perspective. Of all the changes made by the Seahawks since the end of last season, the most significant may end up being the addition of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, offensive line coach Mike Solari and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. It was a shake-up that may be just what the team needed. ”Players are taking to the challenge of learning and adapting to stuff, coaches are adapting to players – there’s a lot going on,” Carroll said. ”But it’s been very energetic, very upbeat, not unlike what it should feel like in our program, but maybe even more so than ever <a title="Josh Allen Color Rush Jersey" href="http://www.authenticsbuffalobills.com/cheap-josh-allen-jersey">Josh Allen Color Rush Jersey</a> , or at least, in the last few years.” The most significant change is on offense, where for the first time in his career Russell Wilson is getting direction from someone other than former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell or former quarterbacks coach Carl Smith. Schottenheimer is both of those in one, something Carroll wanted to streamline the process for Wilson and perhaps hold the quarterback accountable in a different way than in the past. For Schottenheimer, it’s a chance to work with a quarterback he watched from the other sideline during his three years working with the Rams. ”I’ve admired Russell – his playmaking ability, but yet the ability to throw the football and create plays when things break down. That’s hard to teach,” Schottenheimer said. ”It’s hard to teach a guy to run around and make people miss and find an open guy in the end zone. That was something that was really exciting for me is to get here and to work with a guy like that, that has done so well thus far. Just try to coach him up on some new fundamentals and techniques and see what he likes.” While Schottenheimer is completely new to Seattle, Norton and Solari have spent time here before. Solari hasn’t been around since 2009. But he brings a solid track record as an offensive line coach – a position where the Seahawks need help. While Tom Cable was lauded early in his Seattle tenure <a title="Jake Odorizzi Minnesota Twins Jersey" href="http://www.minnesotatwinsteamshop.com/authentic-jake-odorizzi-jersey">Jake Odorizzi Minnesota Twins Jersey</a> , the offensive line became a flash point for frustration and often the reason the Seahawks offense struggled in recent years. ”He’s very big on attention to detail, very big on technique,” offensive tackle Duane Brown said. ”Me, going into my 11th year, I feel like there’s some things that I need to sharpen up to continue to play at a high level and he’s definitely hammering points down for me. I think he’s going to be very great for the younger guys.” Norton’s return, taking the place of Kris Richard, was exceedingly popular among at least one position group in Seattle’s locker room. Before Norton left to become the defensive coordinator in Oakland, he was the Seahawks linebackers coach. So Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and the rest of Seattle’s linebackers group was thrilled to get their former position coach back <a title="Lorenzo Carter Color Rush Jersey" href="http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-lorenzo-carter-jersey">Lorenzo Carter Color Rush Jersey</a> , but now with even more authority over the defense. Ultimately the defensive system is still based around Carroll’s philosophy, but Wagner is itching to see what Norton does. ”We went through a lot those first three years and obviously I paid close attention when he left and we stayed in touch,” Wagner said. ”When I heard he was coming back I had a lot of joy and a lot of excitement because I felt like we had a little bit of unfinished business. It’s good to have him back, it’s good to have that mind back because he’s helped me more than just a player (but) as a person and I’m excited to grow with him.” NOTES: Carroll said Thursday after Seattle wrapped up its final OTA practice that he expects everyone in attendance at next week’s mandatory minicamp. That would include S Earl Thomas, DE Frank Clark and CB Byron Maxwell, who have been absent from the voluntary sessions. … DE Dion Jordan has not participated in OTAs after having a minor follow up procedure done on his knee, Carroll said. The team hopes he’s ready for the start of training camp in late July. — .