Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cavaliers team he helped to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and its lone championship in 2016.
Mitchell was the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, so it’s hard to say he came out of nowhere. But no one expected him to be the star of Utah’s summer league over Fultz and Tatum.
Mitchell averaged 15.3 points as a secondary guard option on Utah’s summer league team behind Dante Exum, but he showed off his incredible athleticism and defensive chops in three games. He averaged 3.3 steals per game and showed he could stick players at multiple positions on defense.
It’s a small sample against lesser competition, so we can’t put much into his performance. But it is encouraging to Mitchell playing well for Utah with the huge hole it has to fill in Gordon Hayward’s absence. It won’t be an easy task and will take multiple players to do it, but it’ll be a great start for the Jazz if Mitchell can step in and help fill that burden.
Utah built their team into a 51-win upstart by building through the draft. They found a potential defensive player of the year candidate, one of the league’s more efficient wings and several key rotation players through that process.
But they lost one of those pieces yesterday because they didn’t want to offer an extra year of security on their initial offer to NFL Jerseys Paypal Hayward. They locked him up for the long haul, but did it with less NFL Jerseys Cheap security. That came back to bite them on Tuesday evening.