Donovan Mitchell Trade: Cavaliers Acquire Collin Sexton All-Star, 3 Unprotected Picks (According to Report)

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The 3-time All-Star guard is going to Cleveland in exchange for draft picks and a package focused on young players.

The Jazz acquired Cleveland’s unsuspecting first-round picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029, then swapped picks in 2026 and 2028. per ESPNAlso go to Utah and As Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes first reported: Ochai Agbaji, No. 14 pick in 2022 draft. Colin Sexton arriving for sign and trade. and Lauri Markkanen.

Sexton’s new contract is for four years and $72 million. According to Shams Charania.

Mitchell, who turns 26 next week, joins the Cavaliers’ core, which also includes 22-year-old Darius Garland, 24-year-old Jarrett Allen and 21-year-old Evan Mobley. Garland and Allen were both named to last season’s All-Star team, and Mobley finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.

Meanwhile, the Jazz are turning toward a complete rebuild, trading Mitchell’s former co-star Rudy Gobert for a similar package in a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason.

The Cavaliers are getting bigger and smaller at the same time

Cleveland didn’t have to do much this summer. Despite an injury-heavy season last season, he won 44 games and qualified for his tournament play-in. Mobley is an All-Defense candidate as a rookie and the franchise has an advantage for his players. Garland is rising and is equally dangerous with or without the ball. Allen is a top-notch rim his protector and is growing on the offense just as the Cavs wanted him to be. Had they simply added Agbazi into the mix, reunited with Ricky Rubio, and called it an offseason, they would have been on an upward trajectory. His Agbaji, a 3-and-D wing, is just the type of player they don’t have. I could have brought back the Sexton as well.

Instead, with elite playmakers on the market, Cleveland decided to go with it. The rationale here is simple: For all the good vibes surrounding the Cavaliers last season, they finished with the 20th-best offense in the NBA (111 points per 100 possessions) and Garland left the court. It was absolutely terrifying when I got it (103 per 100 possessions). Garland’s ability to shoot on the move makes him a perfect fit with Mitchell on offense, and Cleveland can always keep one of them on the court. Perhaps this means Caris Lebart, acquired in a mid-season trade to the Indiana Pacers, will be the Cavaliers’ long-term sixth man. Maybe that means he will move out before the deadline for this year.

Pairing Mobley and Allen alongside 6-foot-11-inch Markkanen was an interesting experiment in an era when Big routinely plays off the floor in the playoffs. After successfully betting on their mobility and talent, Cleveland doubled down, effectively announcing that they believed a very large frontcourt could mask the weaknesses of a very small backcourt. In theory, if Garland and Mitchell aren’t both 6-foot-1 and versatile defenders, if they can survive anywhere on defense, it’s going to be the team Mobley and Allen are behind.

It’s reasonable to be skeptical about it. Most of the NBA is looking to get as many big, strong, switchable wings as possible, but the Cavaliers have one or none of them depending on whether Isaac Okoro can still do it (very talented ) assembled the core. considered part of the core. However, as Daryl Morey likes to say, you can’t go into a superstar store and pick what you want. But that golden trading opportunity may never have appeared.

What next for Utah?

The Jazz felt they had come to the fore with Gobert and Mitchell, so lead executive Danny Ainge gave them a new direction. They got four first-round picks for Gobert, only one of which was (lightly) protected, plus a pick swap. The Cavaliers also sent them three unprotected firsts and he two swaps. Between Agbaj and big man Walker Kessler, Minnesota’s 24th overall pick in this year’s draft, and his subsequent inclusion in the Gobert trade, basically added him to two of his first-round picks. Got a nominee. Utah got another starting player in a deal that sent Royce O’Neal to the Brooklyn Nets. And in a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, they traded veteran Patrick Beverly from the Timberwolves for 21-year-old Tarren Horton Tucker.

And the age is not over.

Mike Conley, who turns 35 next month, isn’t in the Jazz’s long-term plans. Neither does Bojan Bogdanovic, who turns 34 in the playoffs next season. Jordan Clarkson, 30, is believed to be available as well, and the same is likely to be true for Malik Beasley, who turns 26 in November. ESPN reported Utah sees Sexton, 23, and Markkanen, 25, as keepers, but there’s no guarantee they’ll end their respective contracts in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz now have a large collection of future picks and will likely get more players by the deadline, if not by the start of training camp. They’re preparing to lose a ton of games next season, and if the lottery wins, the next franchise he might be able to draft a player for. Loss is painful, but it also brings with it a side of hope. You can’t say the same thing about banging your head against the same wall year after year.

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