In a significant deal to bolster one of the NBA’s most promising young cores, the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed Thursday to acquire three-time All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz, according to two people familiar with the deal. person confirmed.
The Jazz will receive his swap of Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaj, his three unprotected first-round picks, and his two picks in the trade. Sexton, who joined as a restricted free agent in the summer, will come to Utah on a $72 million signing-and-trade deal over the next four years.
After trading two All-Star players to Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Jazz loaded his assets for future drafts this offseason. During both trades, Utah received seven of his first-round picks, three pick exchanges, and two of his first-round picks in the 2022 NBA Draft. won. Cleveland, on the other hand, is trying to fight for now. The 25-year-old Mitchell is one of the league’s elite scorers, and his acquisition saw the Cavaliers, who had his 44 wins with a young core last season, surrender to a sold-out Eastern and his conference’s top-ranked team. team could boost him to one.
With months of speculation that Mitchell might move, the New York Knicks seemed to be his frontrunner, but Cleveland clinched his three-time All-Star appearance.
Sources say the Cavaliers have Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen, rookie winger Ochai Agbaj, guard Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027, 2029) and two picks. It is said that the exchange of rights (2026 and 2028) has been sent to Mitchell.
Sexton has agreed to a four-year, $72 million sign-and-trade deal to join the Jazz, his agent, Clutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, told ESPN. The deal makes the Cavaliers an Eastern Conference contender with endurance potential, Mitchell as two 2022 All-Stars (guard Darius Garland and center Jarrett Allen) and Rookie of the Year runner-up Evan Mobley. You can add it to the lineup that includes. Become an All-NBA player.