Donovan Mitchell is on the way! After months of anticipation, the Utah jazz Eventually, the young superstar traded it Cleveland Cavaliers.
In exchange for Mitchell’s move to The Land, the Jazz brought in newly signed Colin Sexton, rookie Ochai Agbaji and Lauri Markkanen, as well as three unprotected first-round picks and two pick swaps.
The blockbuster deal impacted the Cavs’ odds of winning the 2023 NBA championship, which was trimmed from the bottom +10000 to +4000 at FOX bet. Cleveland’s Central Division odds also fell from +750 to +330 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
And if you think the Spida will be jamming in the city that’s home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his MVP chances are very good. Given the keys to a team that already had two 2021 All-Stars, Mitchell’s chances of taking home the trophy have remained solid +6600 at FOX bet.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Utah Jazz, after having the league’s best record in the 2020-2021 season, are now on the low end in terms of title futures. Utah’s chances of winning the chip extended from +10000 to +20000. Their tenure as the defending Northwest Division champions also appears to be over as they have the fourth-best odds in the division, ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mitchell was drafted 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2017 draft and then immediately traded to the Jazz. He had tremendous success from the start, leading the Jazz to six straight playoff appearances. The team made only one appearance in the six years prior to his arrival.
However, after Utah didn’t make it through the second round, which was quickly followed by head coach Quin Synder’s resignation, Utah decided to blow it up by retiring Rudy Gobert. Now Mitchell is gone as well as the team will rebuild with their trove of draft picks.
During his tenure at Utah, he averaged 23.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals on 44% shooting.
With title odds shifting and division odds shifting, it’s clear the Cavs will be a factor in the East next season. While many expected Spida to end up with the Knicks, from a basketball perspective, this is a good landing spot for the young guard.
The starting lineup features three players from the 2022 All-Star Game, and Evan Mobley is sure to impress in his sophomore year. Meanwhile, the second unit is filled with savvy veterans known as team-first guys who know how to win.
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