Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland Cavaliers: the details of the transfer by the star of the Utah Jazz
Transfer bomb in the NBA. Donovan Mitchellinvolved in several rumors in recent weeks, it was finally traded to a team off the radar: the Cleveland Cavaliers. A new step in the process of full rebuild by the Utah Jazzafter also moving Rudy Gobert a few months ago.
What did the Cavs give in return? Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton and Rookie Ochai Agbajiin addition to three 1st Round picks without protection (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps. Little bit? Probably, although obviously the market was not willing to make large outlays for a Mitchell who has just left a poor last image, with serious defensive problems and a new disappointment in the Playoffs.
Complete trade: Utah is trading Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland for Lauri Markkanen, Ochair Agbaji, Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks and two pick trades, sources told ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 1, 2022
In order to close the deal, Sexton first signed a 4-year, $72 million deal. with Cleveland, which will now be on the Jazz’s books.
Sexton’s new $72 million deal is fully guaranteed, sources said. https://t.co/V0w6X7WVM2
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 1, 2022
In any case, the movement must be seen as a clear win for the Cavsthat they could add to an All-Star without losing any of its structural parts: Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. Collin Sexton is the most important player they gave in returnbut the former Alabama had little place in the teamnot being a good match for a Garland coming off a brilliant 2021-22 campaign.
In Mitchell, the Cavaliers get a player who is a perfect fit for their needs and strengths. A Cleveland leftraised a natural scorer capable of solving in one against one, something in which spida has always stood out, while the defensive weakness of that midfield (Garland-Mitchell) could be compensated by the towers that will watch your back (Allen and Mobley), as well as perimeter specialists like Isaac Okoro.
Few teams seemed to have a most favorable scenario so Mitchell could get the most out of his game than these Cavs.
Donovan Mitchell was feeling it against the Cavs ✨
➤ 35 points
➤ 6 Ast
➤ 12-21 FG pic.twitter.com/BHmFD7eGMJ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 5, 2021
Where does the team stand after the trade? A starting five featuring Garland, Mitchell, Okoro, Mobley and Allen is likely far from the East favoritesbut it does become a team that should not suffer too much to enter the Playoffs. Especially if the youngsters take a step forward and sustain the evolution shown in the previous season.
The ceiling? Top 4 of the Conference. Flat? The most advantageous positions (7th, 8th) of the Play-In.
The statistics of the transferred players
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