In exchange for Mitchell, the Cavs will send three unprotected first-round picks and two pick swaps to the Jazz, Wojnarowski reported. Those picks are unprotected and are for the 2025, ’27 and ’29 drafts, sources told Hoops Wire.
“What a deal for Cleveland!” a rival executive texted.
Sexton, a restricted free agent, will sign a four-year, $72 million contract with the Jazz, Charania added. The deal is fully guaranteed.
He appeared in just 11 games last season after suffering a torn MCL in November. He averaged 24.3 points in 2020-21, taking a willing step back for the good of the team in his short time last season.
Mitchell, 25, is 6-foot-1 and has spent his entire career with the Jazz. He averaged 25.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 67 games last season.
He will now team with returning All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, as well as All-Rookie member Evan Mobley. But the Cavs’ experiment of starting three 7-footers has likely reached an end after the departure of Markkanen.
He had long been linked to the Knicks, but those talks recently died after the Knicks agreed to a contract extension with RJ Barrett. The Cavs reportedly removed themselves for Mitchell talks last week. Clearly, they snuck back in once the Jazz’s talks with the Knicks died.
“Cleveland GM Koby Altman circled back to Utah GM Justin Zanik on Tuesday and the two teams re-assembled a deal they had been discussing in previous weeks,” Wojnarowski wrote.
The Cavs finished 44-38 last season, good enough for eighth in the Eastern Conference, despite a slew of injuries to key personnel. They lost both games in in the play-in tournament to miss the playoffs.
With good health and the likes of Garland, Allen, Mobley and the man they call “Spida,” the Cavs again appear to be a major player in the East. Or as Wojnarowski wrote, “Cleveland is suddenly a major force in the East.”
Meanwhile, the Jazz get plenty of building blocks in the likes of Sexton, a fan favorite in Cleveland, as well as Agbaji and Markkanen. Those three are “keepers for their rebuilding roster” Wojnarowski wrote, adding that the Jazz may still look to deal Mike Conley Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic.