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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ old face of the franchise apparently approves of the team’s new superstar.
LeBron James said the Cavaliers’ trade for Donovan Mitchell was “super dope” in a tweet Thursday:
Cleveland traded Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two picks swaps (2026 and 2028) for Mitchell, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The move came seemingly out of nowhere after nearly 8 weeks of rumors portraying the brand new York Knicks because the overwhelming favorite to land Mitchell. Cleveland was considered a deep dark horse and had pulled out of trade talks until reengaging Tuesday, per Wojnarowski.
Mitchell joins a backcourt already featuring an All-Star in Darius Garland, alongside All-Star center Jarrett Allen and a promising young big man in Evan Mobley.
The Cavs haven’t reached the playoffs since James’ second departure in 2018. The franchise have not made the playoffs without James on its roster because the 1997-98 season.
Suffice it to state the Cavs think that streak is ending this year.