The Dallas Mavericks brain trust was in Germany celebrating Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey retirement and watching Luka Doncic play in EuroBasket 2022 when the Donovan Mitchell blockbuster went down. It was a shocker to see the three-time All-Star traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Jazz were shopping him for months, but everyone expected that Mitchell would end up on the Knicks.
Cleveland swooped in and got a deal done. They gave up Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, 2022 first-round pick Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks, and two swaps to land the 25-year-old guard to headline their young core. It was a shocking move, to say the least.
Anytime a three-time All-Star gets dealt, there are ripple effects across the NBA. Fans waited months to see what happened with the Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell sagas, and they are both in the rearview mirror now. How did the Mitchell trade to Cleveland impact the Mavs?
How does the Donovan Mitchell trade to the Cavaliers impact the Dallas Mavericks?
The Mitchell trade is likely the second of many moves by the Utah Jazz. Danny Ainge traded Rudy Gobert for a massive haul of draft picks earlier this summer, and now Mitchell is out too. The Jazz had the best regular season record in the NBA in 2021, but two straight early playoff exits caused Ainge to rebuild.
Utah is not done making moves, and they will be up there with the Thunder for most draft capital by the time Ainge is done. The Cavaliers took a swing at contending this year by acquiring Donovan Mitchell, and here is how it impacted the Dallas Mavericks.