Three Unprotected Firsts Traded To Cavaliers In Donovan Mitchell Deal

Share Market Daily Writer By Mahesh Limbani Published September 1, 2022

Despite five seasons and as many playoff appearances, the Utah Jazz traded Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, and Ochai Agbaji will also join the Jazz, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.

According to Wojnarowski, the Jazz now has 13 protected or "lightly protected" draft picks through 2029 after trading Donovan Mitchell Mitchell to Cleveland and trading Rudy Gobert to Minnesota.

Mitchell, 25 years old, is no longer living in Utah. After averaging 20.5 points and 3.7 assists per game in his rookie season in 2017-18, he quickly became the face of the franchise.

He averaged 23.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three.

It is no secret that he is a three-time NBA All-Star and one of the most dangerous perimeter scorers in the league.

Despite Utah's five consecutive postseason appearances under Mitchell and Gobert, they failed to advance beyond the second round, including a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks this year.

With Mitchell joining Darius Garland and Evan Mobley in Cleveland, an era ends in Utah and a new one begins.

In last season's play-in tournament, the Cavaliers just missed out on a playoff berth. However, Mitchell should make them a major threat in the Eastern Conference going forward.

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