The trade of Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavs for Colin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three first-round picks, and two pick swaps was a surprise.
Everyone figured the Jazz would trade Mitchell to the Knicks, his hometown team, or a glamorous location like Miami.
According to Ric Bucher, Utah sent Mitchell to Ohio to punish him.
Why Donovan Mitchell wound up with the Cavs...(Learned yet another reason after recording the podcast: some Jazz officials were not happy that Mitchell wanted out and viewed sending him to CLE -- rather than home to NY -- as payback) https://t.co/2KhwmHzwt5 via @acast— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) September 4, 2022
Nightlife aside, getting to play with a young core in Cleveland, rather than the underachieving squad in New York, can hardly be considered a punishment.
What do you think?