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Rudy Gobert on Donovan Mitchell: ‘He’s one of the best young players in his position’


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Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Rudy Gobert talks from Cologne about the Mitchell to Cavs trade and the rebuilding for the Jazz
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…7:33 AM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Boston Globe Sunday NBA Notes: Inside How did the #Knicks miss out on bringing Donovan Mitchell home to New York? bostonglobe.com/2022/09/03/spo… via @BostonGlobe6:26 PM
Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Why Donovan Mitchell wound up with the Cavs…(Learned yet another reason after recording the podcast: some Jazz officials were not happy that Mitchell wanted out and viewed sending him to CLE — rather than home to NY — as payback) shows.acast.com/bucher-and-fri… via @acast6:13 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Rudy Gobert leading France in first half scoring today — taking advantage of a smaller Hungary team.
Started feelin himself and pulled from 3 with 14 seconds on the shot clock in a 3-point game. Missed by a lot. Don’t think Gobert will be taking any 3s for the Wolves this year. – 3:20 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
New Free Pod: @Danny Leroux on the Donovan Mitchell trade, @Derek Bodner of the Daily Six on the upcoming Sixers season …basketball-nba-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/donov…2:03 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
Unlike the Cavaliers, the Knicks simply weren’t in a position to fork over all of their most valuable assets for Donovan Mitchell right now.
For @basketbllnews, I explain why New York is still a few steps away from making the all-in superstar splash: basketballnews.com/stories/why-kn…11:51 AM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: a look at what’s next for Knicks to decide after Donovan Mitchell negotiations, including minutes/roles for young players and why the one clear winner from the trade at this point is Collin Sexton: sny.tv/articles/what-…11:24 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Donovan Mitchell is reportedly heading to Cleveland!
Hear why @adaniels33 loves the move for the Cleveland Cavaliers
#LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/t1JxyDerEF10:36 AM
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Officially official: Donovan Mitchell is a Cleveland Cavalier! Photo: AP #Cavs pic.twitter.com/hYnZMKjsku6:33 PM

Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
On a personal level, good luck to all three players dealt to Utah in the Donovan Mitchell trade — (Salt Lake City is pretty sweet) — but especially to Collin Sexton, an infinitely likeable kid who went hard every night. pic.twitter.com/6zfhxOJFDh5:42 PM

Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Donovan Mitchell — acquired from UTA for Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, 3 first rounders, 2 pick swaps — has been an All-Star in each of the last 3 yrs, top 15 scorer in last 4 — career avg. 23.9ppg, playoff avg. 28.3ppg, Dunk champ — and is still 25 years old. pic.twitter.com/G0OjTaaRSs5:26 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
It’s official. Donovan Mitchell’s era in Cleveland starts now!
#Cavs #LetemKnow pic.twitter.com/0Z01e11wW15:21 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Cavaliers have announced their official acquisition of Donovan Mitchell from Utah: pic.twitter.com/dUMKZ7lE6a5:18 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Updated with statement from Koby Altman: Cleveland #Cavaliers announce trade for NBA All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell beaconjournal.com/story/sports/p… via @beaconjournal5:10 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
The Donovan Mitchell trade is now official, the teams say. League had to sign off, which happens with all trades. – 5:04 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs officially announce trade for three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell in exchange for Collin Sexton (via sign and trade), Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three future unprotected first round draft picks (2025, 2027, 2029) and swap picks in 2026 and 2028 to the Utah Jazz. – 5:04 PM
Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
#Cavs trade for Donovan Mitchell is now official – 5:02 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
The trade call with the NBA is complete. Donovan Mitchell is officially a member of #Cavs. – 5:00 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDC9m6F pic.twitter.com/2QMnwN7vgL5:00 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
A look at what’s next for Knicks to decide after Donovan Mitchell talks, including minutes/roles for young players and why the one clear winner from the trade at this point is Collin Sexton: sny.tv/articles/what-…4:21 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Lithuania falls to 0-2 at EuroBasket 2022 with a 77-73 loss to France.
Fournier: 27 points
Gobert: 8 points, 4 rebounds
Sabonis: 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Valanciunas: 15 points, 8 rebounds – 1:38 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDCqWYd pic.twitter.com/kZsliRuLEm1:00 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Did the Knicks have a fair shot to land Donovan Mitchell? nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…12:58 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Gobert has definitely tried to expand his offensive game in Eurobasket/WC qualifiers. It hasn’t worked, making these France games a tougher watch for Wolves fans
But… these are things Gobert has never done in the NBA, and he has been a very good NBA player for a very long time – 12:57 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
In Lithuania-France game the stars are quet so far. Domantas Sabonis (2pts, 5rebs) and Rudy Gobert (2pts, 2rebs) are trying to find their spots. Lithuania has Grigonis (11pts), France has Fournier (18pts) as topscorers. The 2nd half looks very promising (41-40). #EuroBasket12:40 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Lithuania leads France 41-40 at the half at EuroBasket 2022. Domantas Sabonis has been pretty quiet. He has two points on 1-of-1 shooting with five rebounds and two assists. Evan Fournier leads France with 18 points. Rudy Gobert has two points and two rebounds. – 12:34 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Dunc’d On Prime: Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland w/ @Danny Leroux
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/XSgwN6kjka pic.twitter.com/RIlilE5Edn12:00 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
These plays where Rudy Gobert is the big who finishes the play but isn’t the big who sets the screen are interesting to me because I think Gobert’s ability to finish in that position will in ways determine how much they can run KAT as a screener this year pic.twitter.com/QrZqnOiOhx11:31 AM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Did the Knicks have a fair shot to land Donovan Mitchell before guard was dealt to Cavs? nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…10:53 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Did the Knicks win by losing the Donovan Mitchell Sweepstakes?
tommybeer.substack.com/p/donovan-mitc…8:56 AM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
ICYMI: Cleveland swooped in to get Donovan Mitchell from Utah, after weeks of talks between the Jazz and Knicks for the 3X All-Star. Where does it leave the three teams? Our ⁦@Sam Amick⁩, ⁦@Joe Vardon⁩ & i roundtable it, in ⁦@TheAthletic⁩: theathletic.com/3560214/2022/0…8:06 AM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Lauri Markkanen
Dario Saric
Jusuf Nurkic
Franz Wagner
Alperen Sengun
Nikola Jokic
Domantas Sabonis
Rudy Gobert
Sandro Mamukelashvili
Juancho Hernangomez
Luka Doncic
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Simone Fontecchio
Deni Avdija
All of them play basketball today! #EuroBasket #BringTheNoise5:46 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
There are no easy games for any team in the EuroBasket Group B 🔥
After falling to Germany, Rudy Gobert and France will face Lithuania next, which comes off a loss against Luka Doncic’s Slovenia:
basketnews.com/news-177329-ru…2:32 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
talking Knicks/Donovan Mitchell with @DanGraca in 2 mins on @ESPNNY98_7FM
espn.com/newyork/radio/8:59 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Dunc’d On Prime: Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland w/ @Danny Leroux
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/XSgwN6kjka pic.twitter.com/Hghy9iYATD8:00 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: Talked to @CWilliamson44 about Knicks’ belief that they made offers that were equal to – or better than – what CLE gave Utah for Donovan Mitchell. And why, even with that, there is potential fallout for NYK from not landing Mitchell: pic.twitter.com/AeHHuadybk7:33 PM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Donovan Mitchell posts thank you message on Instagram as he leaves the Utah Jazz https://t.co/0sxDT6l1u1 pic.twitter.com/hUYmPbF3jL7:13 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Grading the Donovan Mitchell trade from every angle https://t.co/J7ig7jchWb pic.twitter.com/twu3UyNnvQ6:40 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
A goodbye to Jazz fans from Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/BBEKUQq0ho6:39 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
#Knicks “shocked and “disappointed after Donovan Mitchell miss #NBA nypost.com/2022/09/02/rj-…6:11 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
PMers: The Cavaliers beat out the Knicks and other teams for Donovan Mitchell Thursday, bolstering their expectations in the east. How this shakes out for everyone is the subject of panelization, featuring myself, @Sam Amick & @Joe Vardon, in @TheAthletic: bit.ly/3q82H4Y6:00 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDCqWYd pic.twitter.com/Mh0bcuzO3E6:00 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Dunc’d On Prime: Donovan Mitchell Traded to Cleveland w/ @Danny Leroux
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/XSgwN6BUIK pic.twitter.com/o50kD8V7E15:15 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Live now for a Friday Winner’s Lounge. Come join.
✅ Classic Jokic
✅ Vasa Micic shines
✅ Wind covers
✅ Donovan Mitchell trade
youtube.com/watch?v=FweRGH…4:48 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
What Donovan Mitchell trade means for Celtics w/ @Tim_McKone | @WinningPlaysPod powered by @betonline_ag twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…4:45 PM
Roland Lazenby @lazenby
Instant grades for the Donovan Mitchell mega-trade (via @DylanHCarter) hoopshabit.com/2022/09/01/gra…4:31 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Breaking down the Donovan Mitchell trade & more with @GottliebShow on @FoxSportsRadio. Tune in at 7:25 pm ET/4:25 pm PT ihr.fm/2IBN81n4:02 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Stars don’t choose small markets, so small markets have to take gambles big markets don’t. Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland might be a two-to-three-year rental, but it’s a huge W for a Cavs team trying to win right now.
trib.al/5kI9x6Z3:32 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Why is @Stephen A. Smith so upset about the Knicks missing out on the Donovan Mitchell sweepstakes??
He breaks it down with @Frank Isola and @Brian Scalabrine pic.twitter.com/W7YJT641Nh3:00 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Wine and Gold Talk Podcast with @H_Grove: How #Cavs landed Donovan Mitchell cleveland.com/cavs/2022/09/h…2:35 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Donovan Mitchell is headed to Cleveland! Former Cavaliers star Damon Jones (@D19J) is a big fan of the move
#LetEmKnow | @Rick Kamla | @adaniels33 pic.twitter.com/2PX3yKZ4M42:34 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Short podcast of @Brian Windhorst on our show today. Great details here on the #Knicks and Donovan Mitchell. @BartAndHahn @NBA on ESPN @ESPNRadio @ESPNNY98_7FM
Listen here:
podtrac.com/pts/redirect.m…2:28 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jazz leaders over the last 5 seasons:
PTS — Mitchell
REB — Gobert
STL — Mitchell
BLK — Gobert
MIN — Mitchell
End of an era. pic.twitter.com/lUURZGcLza1:57 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
As @Kelsey Russo wrote, the Donovan Mitchell trade was a Statement – capital S merited.
theathletic.com/3560627/2022/0…1:35 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
LOCKED ON JAZZ is live on @YouTube
Utah Jazz reported to have traded Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cava… youtu.be/2O-0aOGqMkY via @YouTube1:23 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: Dissecting the Donovan Mitchell blockbuster w/ @Bobby Marks: Cavs outlook, NYK missing out, Utah wiping the slate clean, what happens now w/ Russ/Lakers, much more:
Apple: apple.co/3QbZSe3
Spotify: spoti.fi/3Qp6Uw912:30 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
NBA world reacts to Donovan Mitchell trade to Cavaliers nba.nbcsports.com/2022/09/02/nba…12:06 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Cleveland Cavaliers’ salary cap situation after the Donovan Mitchell trade: hoopshype.com/lists/clevelan…11:56 AM
Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
Did the Knicks blow it with Donovan Mitchell? Should Tom Brady choose family over football? A wild Ohtani debate & more! Guests: @JaycrawfordCLE @Ric Bucher @corryjoel
Catch us live weeknights 7-10p ET on @FoxSportsRadio & @iHeartRadio podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…11:52 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Ira Winderman: Hold the Heat angst, Donovan Mitchell price tag was absurd. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…11:51 AM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Donovan Mitchell shares photo of himself in a Cavs jersey as a youngster https://t.co/FZWssscLoG pic.twitter.com/BCQtiV3e3U11:41 AM

David Locke @DLocke09
LOCKED ON JAZZ going live at 9:30 at youtube.com/channel/UCQxdU…
To discuss the reported Donovan Mitchell trade.
Why would the Utah Jazz do this deal
What would the Utah Jazz get in this deal
What is the plan and timeline – 11:24 AM
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
The Cavs acquired a superstar in Donovan Mitchell and gave up three players and three first-round picks to do so. What grade do you give them for the trade? Photo: AP #Cavs pic.twitter.com/CF9l7L1dIi11:20 AM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Donovan Mitchell is headed to Cleveland. The Utah Jazz are headed to a rebuild. And the New York Knicks are without the star they had been seeking. How did it all go down? The story on what was a crazy process, is here – theathletic.com/3560814/2022/0…11:19 AM
David Locke @DLocke09
Going to do a live edition of LOCKED ON JAZZ on the reports of a Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland trade.
Details to follow shortly. Likely in the next 15 minutes – 11:10 AM
NBA Math @NBA_Math
🗣NEW @HardwoodKnocks
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Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Fresh details on Cleveland’s shocking acquisition of Donovan Mitchell, and taking your questions on @getcallin at noon ET.
Knicks fans, this will be a safe space:
callin.com/room/inside-th…10:57 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
ASK IRA: Readers react to Heat losing out on Donovan Mitchell sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…10:41 AM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
The future looks bright in Cleveland:
Donovan Mitchell: has averaged 20+ points in every season of his career
Darius Garland: 1 of 5 players with 20 PPG & 8 APG in 2021-22
Jarrett Allen: 1 of 2 players with 15 PPG & 65% FG in 2021-22
Evan Mobley: led all rookies in reb & blk – 10:30 AM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs made a blockbuster trade yesterday for Donovan Mitchell, cementing their status in the East
theathletic.com/3560627/2022/0…10:19 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
On the podcast, I asked @TheBoxAndOne_ if the timing was right for the Cavs to dive in and spend a lot of assets on Donovan Mitchell.
I thought his answer on why it makes sense was pretty outstanding.
FULL PODCAST: https://t.co/hIOdTGnsom
WATCH: https://t.co/X1d47jOSEa pic.twitter.com/5Ncpy9Vngs10:03 AM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
From PM: Heat doesn’t land Donovan Mitchell, now has less reason to withhold Herro extension. And Crowder looms as option, but it’s complicated: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…9:43 AM
Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
‘Cavs are going to be a powerhouse:’ Fans react to blockbuster Donovan Mitchell trade #Cavs beaconjournal.com/story/sports/p… via @beaconjournal9:20 AM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: NYK felt some of its offers to Utah were – at the least – objectively on par w/offer Jazz accepted from CLE for Donovan Mitchell. Some included 3 unprotected firsts. Some included RJ Barrett. More on that & the potential fallout for NYK here: sny.tv/articles/knick…9:17 AM
Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
ICYMI: Cleveland #Cavaliers trade for NBA All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell beaconjournal.com/story/sports/p… via @beaconjournal9:15 AM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
The Donovan Mitchell trade didn’t just happen out of nowhere. The decision for the Utah Jazz to trade their star guard was part of a saga that unfolded over many months. Here’s a look back at some of the key events from this year. sltrib.com/sports/jazz/20…9:08 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Ira Winderman: Hold the Heat angst, Donovan Mitchell price tag was absurd. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… There was no need for Heat to act from a position of desperation, to make a move for the sake of making a move. But there also has to be an acceptance of greater challenges ahead. – 9:00 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
If Donovan Mitchell landing in Cleveland impacts the Sixers and is Jorda… youtu.be/8GuFnmr__K4 via @YouTube8:58 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
After the shock Donovan Mitchell trade to the Cavs, how does the Celtics’ top spot in the east look now?
Breaking down the implications of the Mitchell trade and how the Collin Sexton deal affects Boston’s own negotiations on @The Athletic
theathletic.com/3559925/2022/0…8:48 AM

More on this storyline

The Jazz didn’t stop there and, on September 1st, the Mitchell trade was announced. Utah got back Lauri Markkanen, plus Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji and three Draft picks. “That’s what Danny Ainge decided to do,” Gobert said to Eurohoops. “Sometimes you always have to explore all different options. That’s what they did. Time will tell if it was good or not. I think he definitely did a great job in getting as many assets as possible. ” -via EuroHoops.net / September 5, 2022
The new Minnesota Timberwolves player had his best EuroBasket 2022 performance so far, leading his team to the final victory. He was joined by Evan Fournier (12 p., 5 a.) and by the other two French bigs, Vincent Poirier (10 p., 5 r.) and Guerschon Yabusele (17 p., 6/8 FG, 4/4 FT). -via EuroHoops.net / September 4, 2022
Apparently, though, the Knicks’ failed trade pursuit could have had nothing to do with their offer but rather more on the Jazz’s stance about where to move Mitchell. According to Ric Bucher of Fox Sports, some Utah officials were not happy that the All-Star guard wanted out, so they sent him to the Cavs in what they view as a “payback” instead of helping him fulfill a dream of playing for his hometown team in New York. -via Clutch Points / September 5, 2022
The main negotiator in the Knicks-Jazz talks on New York’s side was Gersson Rosas, who was let go by the Timberwolves for his part in a reportedly dysfunctional front office that included his relationship with a team employee. Rosas was hired as a consultant by the Knicks in February but took control of the Mitchell talks because of his relationship with Jazz general manager Justin Zanik. -via Boston Globe / September 4, 2022
Rose apparently trusted Rosas with the negotiations, and it became obvious over the past few weeks that the Knicks were in the driver’s seat to acquire Mitchell, a New York native who wanted to play for the Knicks. It became unclear, however, how many assets the Knicks were willing to relinquish for Mitchell. -via Boston Globe / September 4, 2022





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