The Cleveland Cavaliers have dealt with non-stop injury woes all season long, with Darius Garland and Evan Mobley currently out. With the Cavs far from full strength, there’s been trade speculation surrounding Donovan Mitchell, especially because he didn’t sign an extension this past summer. While that could happen later this year, Spida does become a free agent in 2025, so there is buzz around him potentially leaving Cleveland.
However, it does appears Mitchell is happy in a Cavs uniform for the time being and the rumors have been “blown out of proportion” in past weeks. Via Brett Seigel of ClutchPoints:
“The rumors surrounding Donovan Mitchell have been blown out of proportion in recent weeks. Mitchell remains happy in Cleveland, league sources told ClutchPoints, and has given the Cavs no reason to believe that he is wanting to leave anytime soon. With this said, the idea of winning at the highest level possible remains the All-Star’s goal.
It is worth noting that the Cavs are not interested in discussing trades pertaining to Mitchell, sources said, and there is nothing suggesting that the organization will have a change of heart leading up to the trade deadline. As is the case with any player in the league, you never truly know what a star player is thinking. One week, things could be going great and the team is finding success. Then, a losing streak could derail previous thoughts, leading to a trade request or a significant roster change.”
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Not exactly surprising that Cleveland isn’t the least bit interested in talking with any teams about a possible Donovan Mitchell trade. After all, he is their best player, averaging 27.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per night on 45% shooting from the field.
The reality is the Cavs have a great core when healthy. Garland, Mobley, Jarrett Allen, and Spida are all very talented. If they can stay on the court, Cleveland has the potential to make a deep playoff run. If not, then perhaps in the future the front office could make some moves.