CLEVELAND ( Associated Press) — Donovan Mitchell to the east.
The shooting guard, who has seen action in the All-Star Game, will join the Cleveland Cavaliers, which acquired one of the NBA’s best shooters in a massive trade with the Utah Jazz, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. .
Cleveland will send shooting guard Colin Sexton, forward Laurie Markkanen and rookie point guard Ochai Agbaji to Utah, as well as three unsecured first-round picks, the source, who requested anonymity because the league has yet to authorize a transfer, told The Associated Press. Told. Exchange.
ESPN was the first outlet to report on Mitchell’s departure to Utah.
Sexton, who played only 11 games last season before undergoing knee surgery, will sign a four-year, $72 million contract with Utah in a sign-and-trade deal, his agent Rich Paul confirmed to the Associated Press.
There had been talk of a potential trade for Mitchell for months and it looked like the New York Knicks would be the favorite to pick him up.
But when talks were held with Utah, Cleveland raised its hand and general manager Kobe Altman added a player who was able to lead the Cavaliers into title contention.
Cleveland hasn’t reached the postseason since 2018, when LeBron James led the Cavaliers to their fourth straight final.
With his ability to control a game, the 6-foot-1 Mitchell would give Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff a player who could be an option to effectively run the offense in late matches.
The Cavaliers also left unsecured first-round picks for the 2025, 2027 and 2029 drafts, and traded options in 2026 and 2028, the person said.
A three-time All-Star in five seasons with Utah, the 24-year-old Mitchell is one of the league’s elite defensive players and his acquisition could propel the Cavaliers, who have a core of young players, star-studded for top shots. Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers won 44 games last season, an improvement of 22 games.
Mitchell, who averaged 25.9 points per game last season, will pair with All-Star point guard Darius Garland. He will also play center Jarrett Allen and forward Evan Mobley, who had a solid rookie season averaging 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
In 2020, Mitchell signed a five-year, $163 million contract that runs until the 2026 season.