Donovan Mitchell trade: Cavaliers get All-Star for Collin Sexton, three unprotected picks, according to report – CBS Sports

Donovan Mitchell trade: Cavaliers get All-Star for Collin Sexton, three unprotected picks, according to report - CBS Sports

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

The Jazz acquired Cleveland’s unprotected first-round picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029, plus pick trades in 2026 and 2028, via ESPN. Also going to Utah, as first reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports: Ochai Agbaji, the number 14 pick in the 2022 draft; Collin Sexton, who will arrive via 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 a Cavs core that also includes 22-year-old Darius Garland, 24-year-old Jarrett Allen and 21-year-old Evan Mobley. Garland and Allen both made the All-Star team last season, and Mobley finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.

The Jazz, meanwhile, pivot to a full rebuild, having already traded Mitchell’s former co-star, Rudy Gobert, for a similar package in an agreement with the Jazz. The Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason.

The Cavs are going big and small at the same time

Cleveland didn’t have to do anything big this summer. Despite a long list of injuries last season, it won 44 games, which was good enough to qualify for the play-in tournament. Mobley was an All-Defense candidate as a rookie and has franchise player status. Garland is on the rise, and is equally dangerous with and without the ball. Allen is a premier defender, and he is developing on offense just as the Cavs had hoped. Had they simply added Agbaji to the mix, reunited with Ricky Rubio and called it an offseason, they’d be on an upward trajectory, with cap space ahead of them next summer. Agbaji, a 3-and-D winger, is exactly the type of player they didn’t have. Maybe they could bring back Sexton too.

Instead, with an elite playmaker on the market, Cleveland decided to go for it. The rationale here is simple: For all the good lines around the Cavs last season, they finished with the 20th-best offense in the NBA (111 points per 100 possessions) and were absolutely terrible (103 per 100) when Garland was outside the court. . Garland’s ability to shoot on the move makes him a clean matchup with Mitchell on offense, and Cleveland can keep one of them on the floor at all times. Perhaps this means Caris LeVert, acquired in a midseason trade with the Indiana Pacers, will be the Cavs’ long-term sixth man; maybe that means he’ll be moved before this year’s deadline.

Pairing Mobley with Allen — and starting the 6-foot-11 Markkanen next to them — was an interesting experiment in an era where bigs are routinely played off the floor in the playoffs. After a successful bet on their mobility and talent, Cleveland doubled down, effectively announcing that it believes its exceptionally large frontcourt can mask the weaknesses of its exceptionally small backcourt. In theory, if Garland and Mitchell, both of them 6-foot-1, neither of them versatile defenders, can survive anywhere defensively, then it would be on a team that has Mobley and Allen behind them.

It is reasonable to be skeptical about this. While most of the NBA is trying to get as many big, strong, shifty wings as possible, the Cavs have assembled a (wildly talented) core with either one or zero of them, depending on whether or not you think Isaac Okoro can still to be considered part of the core. Like Daryl Morey like to say, however, you can’t just walk into the superstar shop and pick the one you want. If the Cavs had waited, maybe they could have gotten another player of Mitchell’s caliber, without the obvious fit issue. But that perfect business opportunity never presented itself.

What’s next for Utah?

The Jazz felt they had hit their ceiling with Gobert and Mitchell, so general manager Danny Ainge charted a new course. They got four first-round picks for Gobert, only one of them (lightly) protected, plus a pick trade. The Knights sent them three more unprotected firsts, plus two exchanges. Between Agbaji and big man Walker Kessler, picked No. 24 by Minnesota in this year’s draft and later included in the Gobert trade, they essentially got two more first-rounders. Utah collected another first in the deal that sent Royce O’Neale to the Brooklyn Nets. And in business with the Los Angeles Lakersit turned veteran Patrick Beverley, acquired by the Timberwolves, into 21-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker.

And Ainge isn’t done.

Mike Conley, who will turn 35 next month, is not part of the Jazz’s long-term plans. Neither is Bojan Bogdanovic, who will turn 34 during next season’s playoffs. Jordan Clarkson, 30, figures to be available as well, and the same is likely true of Malik Beasley, who turns 26 in November. ESPN reported that Utah is considering Sexton, 23, and Markkanen, 25, as keepers, but there is no guarantee they will finish their respective contracts in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz have a large collection of future picks now, and they will have even more by the deadline, if not before the start of training camp. They were going to lose a ton of games next season, and, if the lottery goes right, they might draft their next franchise player. The losses will be painful, but they will come with a side of hope. The same cannot be said for banging your head against the same wall year after year.

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