Donovan Mitchell says trading against Knicks ‘would have been fun’

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Three-time NBA all-star Donovan Mitchell – who was recently traded from the Utah Jazz to the Cleveland Cavaliers – said via NBA.com that a trade with the New York Knicks “would have been nice.”

“It would have been nice, but for me, when I found out I was being traded and where we were going, that trumped everything.”

“I’m really excited to be here, to be part of this group, to be part of this city.”

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It has long been rumored that Mitchell would be traded to his hometown of Knicks.

Utah and New York couldn’t make a deal, though, and Mitchell was traded to Cleveland for Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks and two pick swaps.

Mitchell, 26, averaged 25.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Jazz last season.

In Cleveland, Mitchell joins a young core of Evan Mobley, Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen, Isaac Okoro and Caris LeVert.

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