The Cleveland Cavaliers went all in to make sure to get Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell has embraced a leadership role since arriving in The Land, developing a strong rapport with his teammates on and off the court, and being vocal when things don’t go their way.
Now, the former Utah Jazz star is going to have to take yet another step forward, as the team just lost both Darius Garland and Evan Mobley for the foreseeable future.
So, when asked about his future with the organization, ‘Spida’ wanted to take things just one day at a time, talking about how he’s going to have to pick up the slack for the team’s absences, also regretting just how unfortunate it’s been for them over the past couple of years (via Joe Vardon of The Athletic).
“I have to pick up the slack that’s there,” Mitchell said. “That’s kind of my job. … When he’s not there, it’s my job to go out and fill that void. I can’t do everything, but like I said, we’ll do it as a collective. At the end of the day, he’s an All-Star guard. We came here and made this for us to be together, so it’s definitely not an oh, me versus him. That’s my brother, that’s my dog.
Donovan Mitchell doesn’t want to discuss his future in Cleveland after losing Darius Garland, Evan Mobley for potentially months. Rather, he says, he wants to ‘do his job’ for Cavaliers to win until they get back, @TheAthleticNBA https://t.co/CXvjZLMyg0
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) December 18, 2023
Mitchell has been non-committal about his future in Cleveland, and all signs point toward him not wanting to extend his stay there.
He already stated that he would wait until next season before signing a contract extension for financial purposes, but people tend to believe that there’s some more to it.
Mitchell wants to pursue an NBA championship, and while the Cavs have a promising roster right now, they’re still a ways away from being the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
Should he continue to have this attitude, then the team would be wise to explore the trade market for him in the offseason, as there should be no shortage of people interested in his services.