Donovan Mitchell comments on Knicks' interest in him
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Donovan Mitchell admitted that he thought that he was going to end up with the New York Knicks this summer. After the Utah Jazz made Mitchell available, the Knicks showed the most interest in acquiring the star guard. But Mitchell ended up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During his introductory press conference in Cleveland, Mitchell was asked whether he thought that he was going to end up with the Knicks. "Honestly I had no idea. My agent called me on a Wednesday and said 'You're going to Cleveland.'
Like I said my reaction was what it was. All summer I didn't really say much, I kind of just let you guys do what you do to be honest. I thought for sure I was going back home, not gonna lie about that. But when I found out where I was headed, who I was playing with, the group, the team, the coaching staff.
I couldn't be more happier to be here, to be a part of this organization, to be a part of this group, to join these phenomenal guys and add to it. That for me is what I'm truly excited about," Mitchell explained, per CBS Sports.
Mitchell on his reaction to being traded to the Cavaliers
In return for Mitchell, the Jazz received Collin, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji and three future unprotected first round draft picks (2025, 2027, 2029). Th Cavaliers were able to keep the majority of their young core and Mitchell was ecstatic after learning what the Cavs needed to only give up to acquire him.
"When I first found out I was golfing, that report was true, and I was running around crazy. Mainly when I figured out who we kept, cause I didn't know who was in the trade; I just knew I was traded. When I found out we kept DG [Darius Garland] and JA [Jarrett Allen] and Ev [Evan Mobley] and Caris [LeVert] and all these guys I was like, 'we got a talented group' -- a team that was third in the East and then obviously injuries came about.
That was before I got here and now we can just look to continue to win and build. And I'm truly excited just to be a part of this organization, to be here in this city, to have fun playing basketball, playing with a group of guys who really want to win and really want to continue to build.
We're young, but we're hungry and we're ready. It's weird saying I'm probably one of the older guys on the team," Mitchell said. The Cavaliers had one of the most talented young teams even before trading for Mitchell. Now, they are hoping Mitchell will elevate the team and help the Cavaliers become a title contender.