Jazz to trade Donovan Mitchell to Cavaliers

The Horsemen Agreed to trade with Jazz and will receive star guard Donovan MitchellSources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link)

According to Wojnarowski (via Twitter), Cleveland sends three unprotected first-round picks and two draft picks to Utah as part of the deal. Larry MarkkanenFirst round selection Broken blackAnd Colin Sexton Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that the Jazz are also headed for a blockbuster trade (Twitter link)

Sexton is a restricted free agent, so he must be signed and traded as part of the deal. His new deal with the Jazz is worth $72MM over four years and is fully guaranteed, according to Shams Sarania of The Athletic.Twitter Links)

The three first-round picks going to Utah will be in 2025, 2027 and 2029, as Cleveland already owes its lottery-protected 2023 first-rounder to Indiana, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Tweets. The Jazz have the ability to swap first-rounders with the Cavs in 2026 and 2028. Tweets Wojnarowski.

John Campadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 first identified the Cavaliers Last week Mitchell and SNY.tv’s Ian Begley as a team of interest Later reported Cleveland “touched the floor” with Utah regarding the three-time All-Star guard.

However, today’s news comes as a big surprise. Beckley said Last Friday ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says the Cavs have removed themselves from Mitchell negotiations. said Cleveland made that clear to the Jazz in their previous discussions Darius Garland, Evan MobleyAnd Jared Allen Not on the table. The Cavs had a hard time meeting Utah’s asking price.

However, the Cavs’ package includes significant assets at their disposal, including all of their tradable first-round picks, this year’s 14th overall pick (Akbaji) and Sexton, who is one year removed from an average of 24.3. Shooting .475/.371/.815 in PPG and 4.4 APG in 60 games (35.3 MPG).

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With a core of Mitchell, Garland, Mobley and Allen, the Cavs will be led by a pair of star duos — an offensive-minded pair in the backcourt and a rim-protecting pair in the frontcourt.

All of those cornerstone players will be under contract for years. Garland signed a new five-year extension this offseason, Mobley’s new deal runs through 2025, Allen is in the second year of a five-year deal, and Mitchell is locked in through at least the 2024/25 season (he has a player option for ’25/26).

The Knicks For a long time Mitchell was seen as the frontrunner, but they were never willing to offer much Two unprotected first-round picks (in addition to other protected first-rounders), Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link) unprotected first-round picks and swaps were trade chips Danny Ainge And the Jazz loved it just as much when they received a similar return in return Rudy Gobert Earlier this summer.

The Knicks and Jazz reportedly reached an impasse earlier this week RJ Barrett, who has been discussed as a potential centerpiece in several permutations of the Mitchell contract. New York finally decided Sign Barrett to an extensionThis complicated the salary match in potential trades Giving the poison pill It temporarily halted those trade talks.

While the Knicks and Jazz were expected to re-engage in the coming weeks, their impasse opened the door for a Cavs general manager. Kobe Altman Circle the Utah General Manager Justin JanickAccording to Wojnarowski,via Twitter) the two teams “put together” a deal they had been discussing in previous weeks.

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