How Cleveland Cavaliers’ Odds Shifted After Donovan Mitchell Trade

The Cleveland Cavaliers sent shockwaves through the NBA on Thursday when they agreed to a trade with the Utah Jazz that will bring Donovan Mitchell to the team.

The Cavs surrendered a lot to acquire the three-time All-Star guard, who turns 26 next week. Cleveland reportedly gave up three unprotected first-round picks, two pick swaps, rookie guard Ochai Agbaji, swing guard Collin Sexton, and forward Lauri Markkanen.

Mitchell has emerged as an exciting player in the Western Conference in the last few seasons. Last two years, Mitchell helped the Jazz win the Northwest Division. He has career averages of 23.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 4.5 APG. In the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, Mitchell averaged 26.2 PPG.

The Cavaliers had a 44-38 record last season and finished eighth in the NBA Eastern Conference. They missed the NBA Playoffs when they were defeated in a pair of play-in games.

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How Donovan Mitchell Trade Impacts Cleveland’s Odds to Win NBA Finals

The addition of Mitchell, one of the NBA’s best scorers and a great ball handler, gives Cleveland a legitimate top-level 1 superstar. It’s virtually impossible to win an NBA title if you don’t have one of those.

Even after giving up two starters and a 2022 first-round pick to acquire Mitchell, the Cavaliers have lifted themselves into a group of teams that can compete for the Eastern Conference title. Last season, six teams finished within seven games of each other at the top of the conference. While Miami and Boston, and possibly Milwaukee are considered the better teams in the east, a superstar like Mitchell, who immediately becomes one of the best scorers in the East, vaults the Cavs into the discussion as NBA Finals contenders.

Cavaliers Odds to Win NBA Finals

Cavaliers Odds to Win Eastern Conference

  • Caesars Sportsbook: +2500 (was +5000 prior to Mitchell trade)
  • DraftKings: +1600 (was +3500 prior to trade)
  • FanDuel: +1800

Cavaliers Odds to Win Central Division

  • DraftKings: +330 (leapfrogged the Bulls for second-best odds to win division)
  • FanDuel: +360 (same as above)

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What Will the 2022-23 Cavaliers Look Like?

Barring further changes to their roster, the Cavaliers will have a rotation something like this for 2022-23:

  • Donovan Mitchell, SG
  • Darius Garland, PG
  • Isaac Okoro, SF
  • Evan Mobley, PF
  • Jarrett Allen, C

Caris LeVert, Kevin Love, and Raul Neto will come off the bench.

Mitchell, who split time between point and shooting guard as a member of the Jazz, was the 13th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. Only Bam Adebayo and Jaysom Tatum have produced more Win Shares in the NBA among players picked in the first round of that draft.

Mitchell was traded by the Nuggets to Utah on draft night for two players. He earned $28.1 million in 2021-22, according to Basketball Reference. He has a contract that runs through 2024-25, with a player option for 2025-26. The value of that contract is estimated at $163 million.

Since he was elevated to head coach in Feb. of 2020, J.B. Bickerstaff has proven himself as the leader this franchise needs on the sidelines. In his second full season, Bickerstaff doubled the team’s wins from 22 to 44 and has changed the culture of the team. Even now, with a shakeup of the roster, Mitchell should infuse the team with the energy and scoring capability to compete with any team in the conference.

The Cavaliers start the 2022-23 season on Oct. 19 in Toronto against the Raptors.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.