Donovan Mitchell, a standout for the Utah Jazz, is traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a big deal.

Donovan Mitchell, a three-time All-Star guard, was sought extensively by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who eventually acquired him in a trade with the Utah Jazz on Thursday, sources told ESPN after the New York Knicks momentarily withdrew from negotiations Monday night.

According to sources, the Cavaliers will exchange Mitchell for two pick swaps (2026 and 2028), forward Lauri Markkanen, rookie wing Ochai Agbaji, guard Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027, and 2029), and guard Collin Sexton.

 

According to Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports, Sexton has agreed to a four-year, $72 million sign-and-trade agreement to join the Jazz.

By adding Donovan Mitchell to a lineup that already features two 2022 All-Stars — guard Darius Garland and centre Jarrett Allen — and Rookie of the Year runner-up Evan Mobley, who seems destined to become an All-NBA player, the deal makes the Cavaliers an Eastern Conference contender with the potential to last.

 

Utah has 13 first-round picks that are unprotected or only lightly protected through 2029 and two first-round picks in 2022, including Kansas’ Agbaji and 7-footer Walker Kessler, who joined the team with four first-round picks from Minnesota. The team is currently reshaping its roster following the offseason trades of All-Star Rudy Gobert and now Mitchell.

Utah may be getting close to an Oklahoma City-like collection of draught assets if negotiations to offload veterans like Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, and Mike Conley are allowed to proceed.

 

Koby Altman, the president of basketball operations for Cleveland, had been in talks with the Jazz through the end of last week, but sources say he halted those discussions on Friday because the two clubs were unable to come to an agreement. But according to insiders, Altman reopened the conversation with Utah general manager Justin Zanik on Tuesday morning. They had a contract for Mitchell within 48 hours.

The parties appeared to be getting closer to a deal Sunday night and into Monday since New York possessed the assets Utah desired, but insiders claim the Knicks refused to send Quentin Grimes along with RJ Barrett in exchange for Mitchell.

 

Utah sought three unprotected first-round draught selections as part of the deal when guard Immanuel Quickley was presented as a replacement for Grimes, but sources claim New York would only agree to a third first-round pick with top-five protections. According to insiders, those packages would have included two contracts from a third club that were about to expire, Milwaukee’s first-round selection in 2025, two second-round picks, and two pick swaps. According to insiders, New York would have traded Evan Fournier and a first-round selection to a third club rather than have Utah pick up the tab for Fournier’s remaining $37 million.

 

In talks over trade in talks with Utah, New York president Leon Rose was running a parallel negotiations with Barrett’s agent Bill Duffy, on a new contract for the rookie and established Monday night as the date for negotiations to the Jazz to reach an agreement or to pause negotiations to conclude the new contract with Barrett According to sources, the Jazz and Barrett are in talks. Barrett’s contract — which is four years in length and ranging from around $120 million Duffy said to ESPN -included the “poison pill” provision to the contract that runs until July. It would have required players from the Knicks as well as the Jazz to restart talks using new contract terms that are that are based on the extension.

New York planned to continue looking for Donovan Mitchell according to sources however, the Jazz changed their minds to Cleveland discussions and then never reached out to the Knicks in negotiations during the week. The sources claimed. The Knicks took an educated bet that they would still be able to negotiate an agreement done with Mitchell. Mitchell was born in New York, New York area, Mitchell was interested in the possibility to play for the Knicks according to sources.

Donovan Mitchell was made available for trade negotiations following the Jazz made the move of Gobert into Gobert’s team the Minnesota Timberwolves in July. Mitchell is 25, and had an average of 23.9 scores as well as 4.5 assists per game over his five years with the Jazz and was an All-Star for every single time over the last three seasons. He has four seasons and $134.9 million left in the contract He signed during the offseason of 2020. However, the final season will be an option for a player for $37.1 million.

Utah has made it to the playoffs for the past six times, which is the longest run within the Western Conference, but has not progressed beyond the second round within this time. Utah has experienced major changes as a result of last season’s loss in the first round to the Dallas Mavericks, including the resignation of coach Quin Snyder, the appointment by Will Hardy to replace him and the moves of Gobert and the starting forward Royce O’Neale.

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