ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski has learned through reliable sources that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Utah Jazz have reached a trade agreement, with the latter sending star guard Donovan Mitchell to the former. Wojnarowski reports that in this trade, Cleveland are giving Utah three unprotected first-round selections and two pick swaps.
Meanwhile, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports says that the Jazz have acquired Lauri Markkanen, first-round pick Ochai Agbaji, and Collin Sexton in the massive transaction. The transaction requires a sign-and-trade for Sexton since he is a restricted free agent.
On the other hand, as per Shams Charania of The Athletic, his new contract with the Jazz is for $72 million over four years, all of which is guaranteed. Since Cleveland owes their lottery-protected 2023 first-round selection to Indiana, Utah will get those three choices in the following years instead: 2025, 2027, and 2029. The two sides have also agreed to a first-round draft pick trade for 2026 and 2028.
Mitchell joins Cavaliers, while Collin Sexton moves to Utah in sign-and-trade deal
Mitchell, who turns 26 next week, has joined the Cavs’ young nucleus of Darius Garland (22), Jarrett Allen (24), and Evan Mobley (21). The possible trade had been talked about for months, and the New York Knicks seemed like the team most interested in acquiring him. However, Cleveland traded for the three-time All-Star player.
Meanwhile, Sexton was a restricted free agent after missing all of 2017 due to a knee injury. Although he had scored in the past for Cleveland, the growth of James Garland and the presence of other skilled forwards made him redundant.