Donovan Mitchell joins the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster trade


Donovan Mitchell joins the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster trade
2022-09-02 04:50 PM
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(Basketball news) Donovan Mitchell has been traded to an Eastern Conference team, and it was not with the New York Knicks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, he delivered the shocking news as he stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers have swooped in for the 3 time All Star as the Cavs are getting the 6-foot-1 shooting guard for Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks and two pick swaps. Sexton, who is subsequently a free agent, agreed to a sign-and-trade that sent him directly to the Utah Jazz.

After months of trade rumors, Mitchell no longer wanted to be a part of the Jazz franchise. He was surrounded by trade talks after his former All-Star center teammate Rudy Gobert was traded to the Timberwolves in July. Gobert's trade meant that Mitchell, who was Utah's other cornerstone, would be traded next. Jazz’s new executive Danny Ainge entertained the idea of trading his main player and engaged in serious discussions with the Knicks. However, a deal could never be formulated between both franchises. This was due to the fact that the Knicks were unwilling to add more assets in exchange for Mitchell.

Donovan Mitchell is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA right now. He may be undersized for his position but he is still a nightmare matchup for whoever's facing him.The Cavs have remained faithful to building a team since LeBron James left in 2018. The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't miss out when it came to drafting who they wanted and needed. In the 2018 draft, they selected Collin Sexton with the eighth pick as he instantly became a favorite for his elite intensity. They followed up by drafting Darius Garland a year later, and the two formed a dynamic backcourt duo. The last player they drafted in the lottery was Evan Mobley in 2021 with the third pick as Mobley finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, and it's a clear sign that the Cavs chose the right prospect over the years.

The Cavs traded for Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert from the Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers, respectively last season.The roster that the Cavs were able to form out of was through intelligent drafting and careful trades. Furthermore, last season, Allen and Garland were named All-Stars and represented the hometown crowd when Cleveland hosted the event in February. Cleveland showed that they are capable of making it to the playoffs as they finished with a record of 44-38. With their recent success, it's obvious that the Cavs are not far from being a threat in the East. They needed a reliable scorer who can score clutch baskets in tight games. Mitchell's elite scoring could be the key to their success this season as he is capable of scoring 25 points per game, Mitchell will definitely boost the Cavs' chances of winning the Eastern Conference. 

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