The Cleveland Cavaliers added a superstar to their roster on Thursday, acquiring Donovan Mitchell in a trade from the Utah Jazz, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
Mitchell is the only player Cleveland received as part of the deal, while the Jazz acquired Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two trades from choice (2026 and 2028). Sexton will sign a four-year, $72 million deal with the Jazz via sign-and-trade, Klutch Sports‘ Rich Paul told ESPN.
The move continues a summer exodus from the Jazz organization. In June, former head coach Quin Snyder resigned and Utah traded Royce O’Neal to the Brooklyn Nets for a 2023 first-round pick. In August, the Jazz traded star center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, No. 22 pick Walker Kessler and four first-round pick.
When news of Mitchell’s trade broke, Cavaliers players Kevin Love, Dean Wade and Darius Garland took to social media to welcome their new teammate. Mitchell responded to Garland, expressing his excitement at sharing the floor with the Cavs point guard.
—Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 1, 2022
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) September 1, 2022
— Dean Wade (@deanwade3232) September 1, 2022
NBA players around the world have also shared their thoughts on Mitchell’s trade.
Cleveland is going to be fun! With a good coaching staff
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 1, 2022
— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) September 1, 2022
— Mikal Bridges (@mikal_bridges) September 1, 2022
—Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) September 1, 2022
—Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) September 1, 2022
Eh? Where is that from ?
—Josh Hart (@joshhart) September 1, 2022