The Cleveland Cavaliers are not losing Donovan Mitchell anytime soon. He is still with the Cavs and will continue to help the team on the court for the foreseeable future after agreeing to a three-year, $150.3 million extension with Cleveland. That is surely music to the ears of Cleveland fans who had been praying for this day to come.

It’s just not the same case for the “experts” who leaned heavily on the notion that Mitchell would get traded by the Cavaliers to another team, believing that the former Louisville Cardinals star had no intention of signing an extension with the Eastern Conference franchise.

One fan (Tony Pesta of Fear The Sword) decided to roll the tape showing the likes of Stephen A. Smith, Kendrick Perkins, and Bill Simmons among other personalities who either thought or relayed an idea they heard about Donovan Mitchell having played his last game already with the Cavs and that he’d soon be traded by Cleveland because of his supposed disinterest in playing for the team beyond the 2024-25 NBA season.

What’s clear now is that Mitchell has yet to play his final game in a Cavs uniform. He will be with Cleveland for years to come and he won’t be a free agent until at least the end of the 2026-27 NBA season. His extension contract with the Cavaliers includes a player option on the third year worth $53.8 million.

Judging from one of Mitchell’s initial reactions to his extension, it seems that there was never really a doubt in his mind that he would commit to a fresh contract with Cleveland. Despite the lure of potentially signing with a big-market team in 2025, Mitchell opted to stay in Cleveland and help the Cavs contend for an NBA title. He apparently likes the players around him and the organization enough (outside of the money, of course) to make the decision to run it back with the likes of Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, and Evan Mobley.

While Cleveland doesn’t have the bright lights of other NBA cities, it has a team already ready to seriously contend for an NBA title. With Mitchell, the Cavs have a genuine go-to scorer who can take over any game on any given night and he’s got a quality supporting cast and a new head coach in Kenny Atkinson, who could be the one who finally gets Cleveland over the hump in the playoffs.

Fans react to Donovan Mitchell’s new deal with the Cavs

Here are some of the many reactions to Adrian Wojnarowski’s breaking news about Mitchell agreeing to an extension with the Cavaliers:

“”DoNoVaN MiTcHeLl wAnTs oUt””

“But but but big market media said!”

“But I thought he hated Cleveland, the organisation, his teammates, Moondog, the fans & everything not named New York?”

“Thank you for ending my delusion. I can be at peace”

“Lakers really thought they was gone get him”

“Knick fans were telling everyone all season this their guy, have fun with Julius Randle guys”

“I heard Rob was cooking up a trade for him though 😂😂😂😂”

“All small market teams & fanbases should rejoice.”

“Guess Cleveland gonna run it back for at least a couple more season. Garland needs to get back to 2022 form though”

“Wow…. I thought he was gonna leave.”

“Donovan Michell should be applauded for staying in a small market like Cleveland instead of trying to sign elsewhere in a big market with a super team. Cleveland is a threat in the East if Mitchell can stay healthy.”