NBA players shocked by Donovan Mitchell trade with Cavs

The Donovan Mitchell contest ended Thursday afternoon. According to multiple reports, the Utah Jazz have agreed to a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that will send Mitchell to the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career, and in exchange, the Jazz will acquire a trio of players – Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen, and Collin Sexton – and a collection of unprotected first-round picks and pick trades.

It’s a monster haul for Utah and quite a blow for Cleveland, as it had long been assumed that the New York Knicks would do whatever it took to get Mitchell to the Big Apple. But after talks collapsed earlier this week, which led to the Knicks agreeing to a contract extension with a player the Jazz would have coveted, RJ Barrett.

Now, Mitchell will ply his trade for the Cavs on one of the most exciting young rosters in the league, as he speaks alongside Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley. A few of his new teammates have already been involved in the move, including Garland, and seem awfully excited about the proposal.

A number of other players also stepped in, with a handful of former Mitchell teammates appearing to be caught off guard by the trade.