NBA All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell was greeted with enthusiasm by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday as his trade to Utah became official as the Jazz thanked him for his incredible performances.
Mitchell was traded to the Cavaliers in exchange for Utah getting Finn Lauri Markkanen, guards Collin Sexton and Ochai Agbaji, first-round NBA Draft picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029 and pick trades in 2026 and 2028 .
Multiple reports revealed the blockbuster deal Thursday, which gives the Cavs a load of young talent and the Jazz a horde of draft picks to rebuild the club.
“The acquisition of Donovan Mitchell has given us an incredible opportunity to bring one of the NBA’s most dynamic young stars to Cleveland,” Cavaliers president of basketball operations Koby Altman said.
Mitchell averaged 25.9 points and 4.2 rebounds last season along with career highs of 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals. His 3.6 3-point average per game ranked fourth in the league.
“Already a special and proven talent at just 25 years old, Donovan brings a competitive mentality that fits naturally into this team’s core group,” Altman said.
“We’re excited to see the impact someone of Donovan’s caliber can bring to the Cavaliers with his ability to score the basketball, but also make plays for his teammates.”
Mitchell joins a Cavaliers roster with Darius Garland and 2022 All-Star center Jarrett Allen and 2022 All-Rookie forward Evan Mobley.
Cleveland hasn’t reached the playoffs since LeBron James left for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 after leading the Cavs to four consecutive NBA Finals, including a title in 2016.
The Jazz had winning seasons and went to the playoffs in each of Mitchell’s five years at Utah, but never reached the Western Conference Finals and only reached the second round twice. playoffs.
But the team tweeted their appreciation to Mitchell once the trade became official.
“We need to see you light up the league as a rookie and cheer you on as you become an eternal All-Star,” the Jazz tweeted. “We have seen you embrace and serve our community while standing up for what is right and uniting jazz fans around the world.
“Thank you for all the good you’ve done here @spidadmitchell.
“There will always be Donovan Mitchell fans in Utah. Once a Jazzman, always a Jazzman.”