Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers, Updated Title Odds

Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers, Updated Title Odds
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For all the connections made to Donovan Mitchell’s affinity for New York, his trainer being located there and the Knicks’ persistent efforts to land the All-Star guard in a trade, it was all for naught. 

The Knicks walked away from trade talks with the Jazz, so Utah made a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in one of the biggest deals of the NBA offseason.  

In exchange for Mitchell, the Cavaliers are sending guard Collin Sexton, forward Lauri Markkanen, rookie guard Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps (2026 and 2028), according to ESPN.  

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Donovan Mitchell Joins Upcoming Cavaliers 

The move strengthens Cleveland’s status in the Eastern Conference. Mitchell will now play alongside guard Darius Garland and center Jarrett Allen, who both were selected to the 2022 All-Star game.

Cleveland’s 2021 first-round pick, Evan Mobley, was named Rookie of the Year and has displayed All-Star potential after averaging 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.  

The Mitchell trade saw sizeable line movement on the Cavaliers’ title odds at BetMGM Sportsbook. Before the trade, Cleveland was +10000 to win the title. Now, it is +3000.  

At FanDuel Sportsbook, the Cavaliers are now +3300 to win the championship. Of the major sportsbooks, DraftKings has the longest odds for the Cavaliers to claim the title at +3500. 

Utah went from +15000 to now at +50000 as the team continues to rebuild its roster. The Jazz previously traded center Rudy Gobert to Minnesota for a haul of draft picks and young players.  

Mitchell ends his five-year career with the Jazz having averaged 23.9 points and 4.5 assists per contest. He was named an All-Star in each of the past three seasons but failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs in three of his five years with the team. 

Utah never made it past the second round with Mitchell or its recent core, making it an easier decision to blow it up and start the roster over.  

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Knicks Missed on Donovan Mitchell 

New York was always the favorite to land Mitchell. In August, DraftKings Sportsbook listed the Knicks at –225 to secure Mitchell for the upcoming season. According to ESPN, Mitchell was enthusiastic about playing in New York, where he was born.  

The Knicks had the draft capital and young players to make a deal with Utah. In July, New York offered R.J. Barrett, Obi Toppin, Mitchell Robinson and three unprotected first-round picks, but the Jazz declined. The Knicks also backed out of including Quentin Grimes in a trade with Barrett to secure Mitchell.  

When the teams couldn’t agree to terms on the players or picks involved, Utah started to have more conversations with the Cavaliers, resulting in one of the biggest moves of the offseason.  

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