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NBA News: Donovan Mitchell Officially Joins Sixers’ Conference

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Throughout the vast majority of the 2022 NBA offseason, rumors flew around regarding the status of Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell. After Mitchell’s Jazz sidekick Rudy Gobert was sent packing to the Minnesota Timberwolves, it seemed Mitchell may very well be the subsequent domino to fall.

While the Jazz first avoided any trade-related discussion surrounding Mitchell, Utah eventually decided a rebuild can be best for his or her future. Suddenly, Mitchell was available.

It seemed Mitchell was Recent York’s to lose, because the Knicks were the frontrunners to land him from the jump. But after the Knicks and the Jazz did not agree on ideal trade terms for either side early last week, the Knicks prolonged their young standout RJ Barrett, which complicated further trade discussions.

That’s when the Cleveland Cavaliers took advantage and entered the Mitchell sweepstakes. A few days after the Knicks prolonged Barrett, the Jazz, and the Cavs struck a blockbuster deal. On Saturday, the agreement was finalized, in line with a press release.

Cleveland’s President of Basketball Operations, Koby Altman, announced the official terms of the deal. The Cavaliers sent Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, and three future unprotected first-round draft picks (2025, 2027, 2029) to Utah while also agreeing to swap picks in 2026 and 2028 to land Mitchell.

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Now, Mitchell joins the Philadelphia 76ers within the Eastern Conference once and for all.

“The acquisition of Donovan Mitchell presented us with an incredible opportunity to bring one among the NBA’s most dynamic young All-Stars to Cleveland,” said Altman. “Already a special and proven talent at just 25 years old, Donovan brings a competitive mentality that organically suits with the core group of this team. We’re excited to see the impact that somebody of Donovan’s caliber can bring to the Cavaliers together with his ability to attain the basketball but additionally make plays for his teammates.”

The Cavaliers surprised the East last yr after they remained throughout the playoff picture throughout the season. By the top of the yr, the Cavs ranked eighth within the Eastern Conference and secured a spot within the NBA Play-In Tournament.

Unfortunately, Cleveland ended the yr on a low note. Although they were favored to achieve the eighth seed within the playoffs over the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavaliers got here up short of their Play-In game. With a loss to the Hawks, the Cavaliers missed the playoffs for the fourth-straight season.

Despite coming up in need of cracking the postseason last yr, the Cavaliers were expected to bounce back in 2021-2022. The Cavaliers boost their playoff odds by adding Mitchell because the multi-time All-Star guard brings playoff experience to Cleveland. 

Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports Illustrated channel. You may follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.

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