Cavaliers make acquisition of Donovan Mitchell official

Tom Withers, The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers announced the acquisition of star guard Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen and Ochai Agbaji take the road to Utah.

The Jazz also get a first-round draft pick in 2025, 2027 and 2029, unprotected.

Sexton was limited to 11 games last season with a knee injury.

He played four seasons, averaging 20 points per game.

Sexton signed with Utah for four years for $72 million.

Before the trade materialized, rumors had Mitchell sent to the New York Knicks instead.

An elite scorer, Mitchell further raises the profile of the young Cavaliers.

The team went 44-38 last season, jumping 22 wins from the previous season.

Drafted 13th in 2017, Mitchell averaged 25.9 points per game in 2021-22.

A three-team all-star, Mitchell agreed to a five-year, $163m deal in 2020.

The Cavaliers have star players Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen in particular.

They also have in their ranks Evan Mobley, who shone in his first season in the NBA.

Mobley finished the campaign with per game averages of 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

“Donovan Mitchell is the type of tough competitor who will fit in well with our core,” Cavaliers president of basketball operations Koby Altman said.

The Cavaliers are trying to move into a new era, after LeBron James. They haven’t made the playoffs since James quit a second time, before the 2018-19 season. The club made it to the final from 2015 to 2018, triumphing in 2016.

The Toronto Raptors will begin their regular season by hosting the Cavaliers on October 19.


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