The Cavaliers‘ trade for Donovan Mitchell seemingly came out of nowhere, though the abrupt move could be the best-case scenario for many parties involved.
Collin Sexton may be chief among the beneficiaries as well, as Joe Vardon of The Athletic details. The combo guard received a $72 million contract as part of his move and that kind of deal likely didn’t make sense for Cleveland. In Utah, however, he’ll have a place to continue to grow his game under his new pact.
Meanwhile, Cleveland should probably be considered the biggest winner of the move, as Mitchell is the type of player who significantly raises a team’s ceiling. The Cavs are +3250 to win the NBA championship this year (via fubo Sportsbook), which is now the sixth-best mark in the Eastern Conference.
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