Donovan Mitchell is the newest member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he figures to take the team to new heights in the 2022-23 season.
He leaves the Jazz after five stellar seasons before his time with the organization came to an end last week.
Despite having a better deal from the New York Knicks, the Jazz appear to have sent Mitchell to Cleveland on purpose. The Utah Jazz sent Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers “as payback” for wanting out, according to Ric Bucher of Fox Sports.
The New York native reportedly wanted a move to the New York Knicks, but Bucher reported Jazz officials “were not happy” with the three-time All-Star and instead traded him elsewhere.
Cleveland eventually acquired Mitchell in exchange for Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen and Ochai Agbaji, plus three first-round draft picks and two pick swaps.
In the end, Mitchell still wins as the Cavaliers have a much better roster right now than the Knicks.
The 25-year-old was reportedly golfing and went “screaming around the golf course” in excitement upon finding out that the Cavs managed to keep their core players together while trading for him.
It was a fun 2021-22 season for Cleveland, but the team wasn’t able to reach its full potential due to injuries. The squad took an exit in the play-in tournament after going 44-38 in the regular season.