The Cavaliers need to show Donovan Mitchell they are committed to him
Since Donovan Mitchell’s trade to the Cavaliers, the only confirmed news regarding Mitchell’s time in Cleveland suggests he is happy in the Land. The only suggestion that Cleveland’s star guard plans to force his way to New York comes from unsubstantiated rumors from media analysts such as Tim Bontemps, or recently, Garrett “G Bush” Bush.
Current discussions are no more than opinions. Mitchell has not spoken disparagingly of the Cavaliers. Rather, he has sung praises of the team and city. His first season in Cleveland earned Mitchell a career-high of 28.3 points per game and 57.2 efficient field goal percentage. Additionally, earning his first All-NBA Second Team selection suggests the Cavs are the best current option for Mitchell’s prime seasons.
While the current state of the Cavaliers will give Mitchell ample opportunity to succeed, poor team management and immature panic trades could culminate in Mitchell ultimately deciding to follow the path so many biased commentators have paved. The Cavs know the importance this season holds, and their offseason moves could elevate the roster into true contention. But, nothing is guaranteed.
Any of these disasters could come to fruition, but all are equally avoidable. This season will test the team’s resolve, both for players and for management.