Basketball bartering



A basketball sitting on a basketball court. (MGN)

On Sept. 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Utah Jazz agreed on a trade for Donovan Mitchell. The Cavaliers are sending Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three first-round picks and two pick swaps to Utah, while the Utah Jazz is sending Donovan Mitchell.

From trading Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this off-season, to now getting rid of Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz is in a full rebuild. With both all-stars departing from the organization this off-season, the Utah Jazz get seven first-round draft picks for their rebuild.

Prior to the trade, the Cavaliers trade had turned down several offers from other teams, including one from the New York Knicks. The Knicks were offering Obi Toppin, Evan Fournier and other picks.

Utah didn’t see that usable in their rebuild. Instead, the Utah Jazz got two former-NBA, all-rookies in Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton. Another NBA all-rookie that will potentially join the scene is Ochai Agbaji.

The Utah Jazz was mainly looking for picks for their superstar, and that’s what the Cavaliers delivered.

During the Donovan Mitchell trade process, it seemed like the Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t in the trade talks whatsoever. This team may not be a No. 1 favorite in the East to make it to the finals, but they sure can compete with the starting five of Garland, Mitchell, Lavert, Mobley and Allen.

The Cavaliers being able to make a huge All-Star trade without getting rid of their big three of Garland, Mobley and Allen is massive for this young team. This is going to be one of the better Cavalier teams to watch in the post-LeBron James era.

Mitchell will be suited up for the Cavaliers starting in October.