After the New York Knicks temporarily pulled out of talks Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers went on strong and earned the three-time All-Star guard. Donovan Mitchell In a deal with the Utah Jazz on Thursday, the team announced on Saturday.
Sexton has agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal to join Jazz, his agent, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, told ESPN.
The deal turns the Cavaliers into a contender in the Eastern Conference with the prospect of staying in power, adding Mitchell to a two-star squad for 2022 – goalkeeper Darius Garland and the center Garrett Allen – runner-up and runner-up Evan Mobleywho seems destined to become an NBA player.
– Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 1, 2022
As Utah reshapes its roster with off-season trades in the All-Star Rudy Gobert And now Mitchell, the franchise has 13 unprotected or lightly protected first-round picks through 2029 and two first-round picks for 2022, including Kansas’ Agbaji and 7-footer Walker Kesslerwho arrived with four first-round picks from Minnesota.
Cleveland’s chief of basketball operations, Kobe Altman, had discussions with the jazz band until late last week, sources said, but ended the talks Friday when the two teams were unable to reach an agreement. However, Altman reached out to Utah State General Manager Justin Zanic on Tuesday morning and began talks again, sources said. Within 48 hours, they cut a deal for Mitchell.
New York had the assets Utah favored and the two sides appeared to be close to trading Sunday night through Monday, but the Knicks refrained from including them. Quentin Grimes in trade with RJ Barrett To get Mitchell, sources said.
when guarding Emmanuel Quikli Suggested as an alternative to the Grimes in the trade, Utah wanted three unprotected first-round picks as part of the package — but New York would only make the third first-round pick that featured the top five protections, sources said. These packages would have included Milwaukee’s 2025 first-round pick, two second-round picks, two selection swaps, and two expiring third-team contracts, sources said. New York was going out Evan Fournier The first round, sources said, is picking a third team to spare Utah taking the remaining $37 million from Fournier.
New York and Utah discussed the many iterations of the Mitchell trade, including the Knicks’ important initial offering in early July before Mitchell Robinson Signing an extension of his contract. Near the start of talks in early July, New York offered a package that would include Barrett, Obi TobinRobinson and three unprotected picks in the first round, sources told ESPN. Utah rejected this offer, and Robinson signed an extension, essentially eliminating the possibility of him becoming part of a deal.
During trade talks with Utah, New York President Leon Rose was in parallel negotiations with Barrett’s agent, Bill Duffy, over a novice contract extension and set a Monday night deadline with Jazz for a deal — or pause talks to finalize. Sources said the new deal with Barrett. Barrett’s deal — which is four years and worth up to $120 million, Duffy told ESPN — added a “toxic pill” clause to his contract until next July, and would have forced the Knicks and Jazz to resume talks with the New Deal criteria on an extension basis.
Sources said New York intends to continue going after Mitchell, but the Jazz focused on the Cleveland discussions and the Knicks did not participate again in the talks this week. Nicks took a calculated gamble that they could still cut a deal for Mitchell. Sources said Mitchell, who was born in the New York area, was excited about the possibility of playing for the Knicks.
Mitchell became available in trade talks after the Jazz moved Joubert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in July. Mitchell, 25, has averaged 23.9 points and 4.5 assists per game during his five-year career with the Jazz, and has been an All-Star in each of the past three seasons. He has four years and $134.9 million left over the maximum extension he signed during the 2020 season, although the final season is a player option for $37.1 million.
Utah has made the playoffs in the past six seasons, the longest current streak in the Western Conference, but has not advanced past the second round during that time. The organization underwent major changes in the wake of last season’s first-round exit against the Dallas Mavericks, including the resignation of coach Quinn Snyder, hiring of Will Hardy to replace him and Gobert trades and start playing. Royce O’Neill.