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NBA Rumors: Donovan Mitchell, Cavs Conform to 3-12 months, $150M Contract with Participant Possibility

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images Despite being mentioned in trade rumors at times in recent months, Donovan Mitchell is now committed to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the next few years. Mitchell and Cleveland agreed to a new three-year, $150.3 million contract on Tuesday that includes a player option for the 2027-28 season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The

NBA Rumors: Donovan Mitchell, Cavs Conform to 3-12 months, $150M Contract with Participant Possibility

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 26:  Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs against the New York Knicks at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on April 26, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. New York defeated Cleveland 106-95 to win the series 4-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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Regardless of being talked about in trade rumors at instances in current months, Donovan Mitchell is now dedicated to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the subsequent few years.

Mitchell and Cleveland agreed to a brand new three-year, $150.3 million contract on Tuesday that features a participant possibility for the 2027-28 season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The settlement was confirmed by Mitchell, who posted the well-known “I am not f–king leaving” clip from The Wolf of Wall Avenue on X:

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell

#LetEmKnow @cavs pic.twitter.com/QU1re4zn0G

The construction of the deal is notable as a result of Mitchell was eligible to signal for as much as 4 years and $207.8 million, however taking a three-year extension with a participant possibility will enable him to probably hit the market when he’s 30 years outdated.

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

A take a look at the Donovan Mitchell extension in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/V2TBkJu6c3

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The Louisville product was beforehand beneath contract by means of the 2024-25 season with a $37.1 million participant possibility for the 2025-26 marketing campaign.

Notably, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported in Could that Cleveland had “a number of optimism” Mitchell would re-sign on a four-year deal following the firing of head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and subsequent hiring of Kenny Atkinson.

That optimism turned out to be warranted.

Mitchell additionally gave one thing of a timeline on how he envisioned his contract resolution taking part in out when he told reporters at media day forward of the 2023-24 season that he wouldn’t signal the extension that yr however may nonetheless achieve this sooner or later.

“I need it to be recognized that I nonetheless have the chance to signal an extension subsequent summer season,” he stated. “I do not assume lots of people perceive that facet.”

Mitchell expressed his focus was on profitable a championship and that he was “actually enthusiastic about what we have going right here. We may do one thing particular. In the end, when the season is over, we’ll get to that.”

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com defined Mitchell was eligible for a three-year extension value roughly $150 million in the course of the 2023 offseason, however he may get a further yr on his contract and extra money if he waited to signal till this offseason. That left little incentive to hurry into an extension on the time of these feedback.

President of basketball operations Koby Altman appeared to be on board with that as nicely.

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“The conversations with him are tremendous optimistic—the composition of the roster, how we need to play this yr, how are you bringing your teammates alongside, the place are we figuring out within the offseason,” he stated on the time. “I do know he needs to be part of this factor. He’ll be tremendous excited to begin this season and attempt to win large.”

Mitchell is now part of the Cavaliers for the foreseeable future and figures to be a driving pressure for them.

He wasted no time making an affect with the squad as an All-NBA second-team choice in his first season in Cleveland whereas averaging 28.3 factors, 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per recreation behind 48.4 p.c capturing from the sector and 38.6 p.c capturing from deep.

The Cavaliers disenchanted with a first-round exit within the playoffs, however the future nonetheless regarded brilliant with Mitchell, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen main the best way.

This previous season, he averaged 26.6 factors, 6.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per recreation whereas capturing 46.2 p.c from the ground and 36.8 p.c from three-point vary en path to his fifth straight All-Star nod.

Cleveland superior to the second spherical of the playoffs with a first-round win over the Orlando Magic however misplaced in 5 video games to the Boston Celtics. Mitchell was sidelined for the ultimate two video games of the Boston collection with a calf damage.

Mitchell was additionally a three-time All-Star throughout his 5 seasons with the Utah Jazz and has established himself as among the best guards within the league. He can take over video games together with his outdoors capturing and talent to assault the basket, and he will certainly stay a focus in Cleveland’s offense for years to return.

Now there can even be some contract stability as he pursues the primary championship of his profession.

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