Lauri Markkanen

According to rumors, Donovan Mitchell has his sights set on either New York or Miami.
Instead, he’ll be joining one of the league’s greatest young cores and a team that’s now a danger in the Eastern Conference by moving to Cleveland.

In exchange for three first-round picks, and two pick swaps, Lauri Markkanen, Colin Sexton, and Ochai Agbaji, the Jazz will send three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell to the Cavaliers.

Obtaining the most unprotected draft picks possible was always the goal for the Jazz, and they were able to do it by making a deal with the Cavaliers. Even if the two Knicks’ picks might have been more valuable in the long run, Jazz president Danny Ainge and company opted instead to take the three unprotected selections offered by the Cavaliers.

Knicks have long been seen as the league’s favorite to sign Mitchell due to their high draft position and promising crop of up-and-comers. Due to the fact that they had already signed RJ Barrett to a four-year, up to $120 million agreement, New York could only give two unprotected first-round picks (plus three protected ones).

There was speculation that the Lakers could be the third team involved in a Mitchell trade due to the availability of their draft picks (2027 and 2029), but GM Rob Pelinka in Los Angeles has been reluctant to include both picks in a deal that doesn’t immediately elevate the team to a playoff contender. Transactions like these wouldn’t.

Even if Mitchell doesn’t want to be in Cleveland, he still has three guaranteed seasons and a player option year ($37.9 million) left on his contract. There’s still time for the Cavaliers to win him over.

With Darius Garland and Mitchell, both of whom were recently extended, and with rising talent Evan Mobley and All-Star center Jarrett Allen up front, Cleveland now has one of the more exciting backcourts in the NBA. Because of the Cavaliers’ tiny backcourt (Garland and Mitchell are both 6’1″), they may need the help of their excellent front line on defense.

It would not be surprising if Danny Ainge and the Jazz traded the Finnish star Markkanen to the Cavaliers for extra draft picks before the trade deadline, considering Markkanen never truly fit in with the team as a three. Sexton will have a shot to show his worth in Utah, as the Jazz are expected to trade away veteran point guard Mike Conley and hand the ball over to Sexton in his contract year.

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Career

Markkanen didn’t play for the team during the first 23 games of the year. On January 28 against the Brooklyn Nets, a game they ultimately lost, he recorded a career-high 19 boards. Other victories include an 8 February victory over Brooklyn in which he scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, a 23 February victory over the Boston Celtics in which he scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 15 boards, and a 1 March victory over the Atlanta Hawks in which he scored 31 points and grabbed 17 boards.

Markkanen encountered health issues during a game on March 26 against the Toronto Raptors, and on March 28 he was officially ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing tests. He only played in 52 games, but in those games, he averaged 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 20 double-doubles (fourth in the NBA).

In Chicago’s season opener against the Charlotte Hornets, Markkanen scored 35 points to tie his career high and grabbed a team-high 17 rebounds, making him the first Chicago Bull to score at least 35 points on opening day since Michael Jordan in 1995.

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Markkanen had a season-high 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field and 6-of-11 from deep in a 123-122 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers on 30 January 2021. Markkanen lost his starting position as the Bulls brought in veteran big men Daniel Theis and Nikola Vucevic to strengthen their frontcourt. Markkanen made his first regular-season appearance off the bench on March 29.

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