Donovan Mitchell trade: Cavaliers acquire All-Star for Collin Sexton, three unprotected picks, per report

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The three-time All-Star guard will travel to Cleveland in exchange for a package centered on draft picks and young players.

The Jazz received Cleveland’s unprotected first-round picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029, as well as pick swaps in 2026 and 2028, per ESPN. and go to Utah, As first reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports: Ochai Agbaji, No. 14 overall in 2022; Collin Sexton, who will arrive on a sign-and-trade basis; and Lauri Markkanen.

Sexton’s new four-year contract is worth $72 million. According to Shams Charania.

Mitchell, who turns 26 next week, will join the core of a Cavaliers team that also includes Darius Garland, 22, Jarrett Allen, 24, and Evan Mobb, 21. inside. Garland and Allen were both All-Stars last season, with Mobley finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting.

The Jazz, meanwhile, are in full swing, having traded Mitchell’s former partner Rudy Gobert this offseason with the Minnesota Timberwolves for a similar package.

Cavaliers go big and small at the same time

Cleveland doesn’t have to do anything big this summer. Despite a long injury list last season, it won 44 games, enough to qualify for the play-offs. Mobley was a rookie all-defensive candidate and had the advantage of a franchise player. Garland is on the rise and is just as dangerous with and without the ball. Allen is an excellent rim protector, and his offensive development is exactly what the Cavaliers expected. If they simply add Agbaji to the mix, reunite with Ricky Rubio and call it the offseason, they’ll be on an upward trajectory and they’ll have cap space next summer. Agbaji is a 3-and-D wing, just the kind of player they don’t have. Maybe they can bring Sexton back too.

Instead, there was an elite playmaker in the market, and Cleveland decided to go for it. The reasoning here is simple: Despite the great atmosphere the Cavaliers had last season, they were 20th in the NBA in offense (111 points per 100 possessions), and their offense was absolutely terrible when Garland was not on the floor (111 points per 100 possessions). Possession 103 points). Garland’s ability to shoot on the move makes him a perfect match for Mitchell on offense, and Cleveland can have one of them on the floor at any time. Maybe it means Caris LeVert, acquired in a midseason trade with the Indiana Pacers, will be the Cavs’ long-term sixth man; maybe it means he’ll be moved ahead of this year’s deadline.

Pairing Mobley with Allen — and starting the 6-foot-11 Markkanen next to them — is an interesting experiment in an era where bigs are often off the court in the playoffs. After successfully betting on their mobility and talent, Cleveland has doubled down, effectively declaring that it believes its oversized frontcourt can mask the weaknesses of its oversized backcourt. In theory, if Garland and Mitchell are both 6-foot-1 and neither is a versatile defender who can survive anywhere on defense, this would be a team with Mobley and Allen the team behind.

It is reasonable to be skeptical. While most NBAs strive to get as many big, strong, transferable wings as possible, the Cavaliers have assembled a (very talented) core, one or zero, depending on whether you think Isa Ke Okoro can still be considered part of the core. But, as Daryl Morey likes to say, you can’t just go to the superstar store and pick the one you want. If the Cavs wait, maybe they can get another Mitchell-level player without significant health issues. But this perfect trade opportunity may never come.

What’s next for Utah?

The Jazz felt that Gobert and Mitchell had reached their ceiling, so CEO Danny Ainge laid out a new line. They got four first-round picks for Gobert, only one of which was (minorly) protected, plus one pick exchange. The Cavaliers gave them three more unprotected firsts, plus two exchanges. Between Agbaji and big man Walker Kessler, who was picked 24th overall by Minnesota in this year’s draft and then traded by Gobert, they essentially got two first-round picks. Utah got another No. 1 in the trade that sent Royce O’Neal to the Brooklyn Nets. In a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, veteran Patrick Beverley, acquired from the Timberwolves, became 21-year-old Taron Horton-Tucker.

Angie isn’t done yet.

Mike Conley, who turns 35 next month, is not in the Jazz’s long-term plans. Neither is Bojan Bogdanovic, who will turn 34 in next season’s playoffs. Jordan Clarkson, 30, will also be there, as will Malik Beasley, who turns 26 in November. ESPN reports Utah sees Sexton, 23, and Markkanen, 25, as goaltenders, but there’s no guarantee they’ll complete their respective contracts in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz now have a slew of future draft picks, and if it wasn’t for the start of training camp, they’d have more by the deadline. They’re ready to lose a lot of games next season, and, if the lottery is drawn correctly, they might pick the next team player. Losses will be painful, but they will bring hope. Can’t say banging your head against the same wall year after year.

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