The New York Knicks’ acquisition of OG Anunoby from the Toronto Raptors was the first in a series of dominoes to fall before the NBA’s annual trade deadline. Teams like the Raptors are expected to be sellers at the deadline, while possible contenders like the Boston Celtics are expected to be buyers. Meanwhile, teams in limbo, like the Cleveland Cavaliers, are stuck between a rock and a hard place, unsure whether to make a move or stay.
Injuries and inconsistency have put the Cavs in this situation, stuck in the mix for the NBA play-in tournament with outside noise surrounding them louder and louder. Of course, the loudest thing is whether or not what will happen with Cleveland star guard Donovan Mitchell. It’s been a storyline since Mitchell was supposed to join the New York Knicks, but instead landed with the Cavs in a trade with a Utah Jazz.
As Cleveland continues to struggle through a topsy-turvy season, there is speculation whether Mitchell wants to stay. Of course, this isn’t the first time Cavs fans have experienced a rodeo with a superstar’s future in doubt. Two separate stints in Cleveland with LeBron James would strengthen anyone’s will.
Cavs fans may have no reason to worry. According to ClutchPoints NBA insider Brett Siegel, all is calm on the Donovan Mitchell front in Cleveland. More importantly, it’s becoming abundantly clear that the Cavs have no plans to trade their superstar guard until February 8th.