Trade Market Shifts to Russell Westbrook; Can San Antonio Spurs Make a Deal?
Posted on September 5, 2022
After a long wait, the NBA trade market has become active again. First, the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz agreed to a trade featuring Patrick Beverley and Talen Horton-Tucker. Then, a surprise blockbuster deal transpired.
The New York Knicks had been linked as the most likely trade suitor for All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell amid the Utah Jazz entering a rebuild. The trade return for Rudy Gobert was heavily predicted on future draft capital, signaling Mitchell will be moved next.
Mitchell ended up instead being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps (2026 and 2028).