Donovan Mitchell could be heading to a new team after the current season and several teams have already been linked to the 4-time All-Star.
The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat have been singled out as teams who may take interest in Mitchell according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
However, the scribe noted that the Heat stand out as the team that could make sense since the South Beach squad is in search of a combo guard. Moreover, Miami has allegedly had its eyes on the 13th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Will Donovan Mitchell jive with Jimmy Butler?
The Heat are looking for a player who could provide Jimmy Butler some scoring help. Given that he holds career averages of 24.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds, there is no question that the 27-year-old player can help Butler and the rest of the Heat squad.
However, there is the question of chemistry once more. Butler is someone who has not exactly gotten along with other stars. He had his issues with the Minnesota Timberwolves although the narrative with the Heat is entirely different.
It would be a risk in some ways to see if Butler and Mitchell can co-exist. Also, there is the matter of money on the table. He is in the last year of a two-year $163 million contract and Mitchell will likely be dangled several juicy offers in free agency.
Hence, he won’t come cheap if the Heat do pursue him. Also, it may result in Pat Riley having to let some good players go to accommodate the 6-foot-3 guard.
Have the Cavs given up on Donovan Mitchell?
Mitchell opted not to sign a contract extension last October. That move sparked several theories – including the possibility of seeing the former Louisville Cardinal moving to another team.
However, it will be recalled that Mitchell explained why he opted to hold off on signing a contract extension. He said that he can address that in the offseason although it may depend on how the 2023-24 campaign of the Cavs go.
“My primary focus is this. Just trying to go out there and trying to be the best team we can be and bring a championship to the city and go from there,” Mitchell said via Cleveland.com.
And while Donovan Mitchell trade scenarios are in the air, at least one NBA executive believes that the All-Star guard will eventually re-sign with the Cavs via Hoops Wire.
“I think, ultimately, Mitchell will decide the best path forward is to just sign an extension, stay in Cleveland, and let the organization keep building. He can play in New York closer to when he retires if that’s what he wants. New York isn’t going anywhere. It will always be there,” the unnamed executive said.