Before the 2022-23 NBA season got underway, the Utah Jazz decided to overhaul its roster and, as a result, traded stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
Ironically enough, all signs pointed to the Jazz trading Mitchell to the New York Knicks, which is the team that beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Ultimately, the Jazz brass agreed to terms with the Cavaliers to send Mitchell to Cleveland.
This was considered a move that would change the direction of the Cavaliers franchise, and Mitchell’s presence did just that, but Cleveland still fell short in the first round.
In the aftermath of the playoff series loss to the Knicks, Mitchell talked about his first season in Cleveland via the Cleveland Cavaliers Twitter account.
Something special in Cleveland. #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/3Wn8fYPnR6
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 28, 2023
Even though losing to his hometown team that everyone expected him to be traded to was bound to be painful, Mitchell seems to have the right attitude moving forward, as the future in Cleveland looks bright with the 26-year-old leading the way.
With a ton of promising young talent around him like Evan Mobley, Darius Garland, Issac Okoro and Jarrett Allen, Mitchell and the Cavaliers can lick their wounds this NBA offseason and get better for the 2023-24 campaign.
The Cavaliers will almost certainly be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come in Cleveland if they can keep this roster intact and keep adding talent to their roster through the NBA Draft and NBA free agency this summer.NEXT: Cavaliers HC Comments On An Eventful Season