Donovan Mitchell is one of the names all around the news this summer in the NBA. The shooting guard has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Utah Jazz have obtained in exchange Lauri Markkanen, Ochair Agbaji, Collin Sexton (sign & trade), three unprotected first-round draft picks and two swaps.
Donovan Mitchell averaged last season 25.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists. They fell in the first round of the Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks with Doncic injured, which increased the general disappointment on the team and specially on their stars.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a good season last year, as they certainly overcame expectations with a 44-38 record through a young but quality team. Now they want to become even a better team with plenty of chances to make it to the Playoffs. The partnership formed by Garland and Mitchell can be interesting, but Mobley and Allen will also have to watch their backs on defense.
A fresh start in Utah:
Something teared apart in the roster of the Utah Jazz last year, as they were a team that found the way to pick up wins throughout the regular season, but then were unable to perform their best in the Playoffs. Critics always laid on Gobert based on his high contract and his poor level shown in the big games.
In the end, everything has blown up this year. Gobert was the first one to leave, as he moved to Minnesota and now it has been the turn of Mitchell, which results in a rebuild of the project for the Jazz. The next ones to exit could be Bogdanovic, Clarkson and Conley. In exchange they are receiving future round draft picks and young players to shape a new team.
The only hope in Utah is Collin Sexton, who is a young but very interesting player to keep an eye on, despite he has joined with a knee injury. He has signed a four-years contract for 72 million, which can be considered as cheap taking into account the league’s standards if he is able to maintain the level he shown before getting injured.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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