Donovan Mitchell traded by Utah Jazz to the Cleveland Cavaliers

The team’s teardown takes another big step, as the three-time All-Star is sent to Cleveland for three unprotected first-round picks, two pick swaps, and three players.

When the Utah Jazz went into their Las Vegas training camp this past October, they believed they had done enough to shore up their status as championship contenders. Which only makes the speed and scope of their teardown a mere 11 months later all the more staggering. Quin Snyder? Gone. Rudy Gobert? Gone. And now Donovan Michell.

The guard was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, for a haul that includes three unprotected first-round picks and two pick swaps, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The unprotected picks will come in 2025, ’27, and ’29, with the pick swaps occurring in ’2026 and ’28. Yahoo’s Chris Haynes added that the Cavs are also sending Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, and 2022 first-round pick Ochai Agbaji to Utah.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Sexton is coming to the Jazz via a four-year, $72 million sign-and-trade. His deal is fully guaranteed. Sexton is a 23-year-old, 6-foot-1 combo guard who had been unable to agree with the Cavs on a long-term deal when he reached restricted free agency this offseason. He has averaged 20.0 points per game on 37.8% 3-point shooting in his four-year career thus far. 

However, his defensive deficiencies made him a poor backcourt fit alongside All-Star point guard Darius Garland in Cleveland. Also, he underwent surgery this past November for a torn meniscus in his left knee, and played in only 11 games this past season.

Mitchell, meanwhile, now finds himself aligned on the Cavaliers with a familiar face, in ex-Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio, plus a player he publicly expressed admiration for this past January, in Garland.