Donovan Mitchell: Cleveland Cavaliers Reportedly Acquire NBA All-Star From Utah Jazz In Blockbuster Trade

Mitchell later tweeted a picture of himself as a kid in Cleveland gear and shared his excitement about playing with new teammate Darius Garland, which seems to validate the move.

According to the reports, the Cavs traded Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps (2026 and 2028) to the Utah Jazz for Mitchell.

Sexton agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with Utah in a sign-and-trade deal, his agent told ESPN.

The move validated Utah’s ongoing rebuilding project after it had made the playoffs for the past six seasons but failed to advance through the second round.

So far this summer, the Jazz have accepted the resignation of coach Quin Snyder, replaced him with Will Hardy, and sent all-star center and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is only the second time since 1977 that a team has switched two All-Star teams in the following offseason.

After the trades of their two All-Star players, the Jazz now have 13 unprotected or slightly protected first-round picks through 2029 and two first-round picks in 2022 in Agbaji and Walker Kessler, who was acquired in the Gobert trade.

Mitchell, a shooting guard, had previously been linked with his hometown team, the New York Knicks, but according to Wojnarowski, “they temporarily walked away from trade talks” and instead opted to sign RJ Barrett on a long-term extension.

The 25-year-old was selected by the University of Louisville in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft and averaged 25.9 points per game last season. During his five seasons in the NBA, he averaged 23.9 points per game.

With three years left on his contract, Mitchell will form the core of the team in Cleveland along with fellow 2022 All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, and runner-up Rookie of the Year Evan Mobley. Only the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, also have three 2022 All-Stars on their roster.

CNN has contacted the Cavaliers and Jazz for comment.