NBA Trades: Spurs, Bulls, and Cavs solve major flaws in proposed summer blockbuster  

Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland
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Would the Cleveland Cavaliers agree to the trade?

The decision to trade Darius Garland instead of Mitchell, even though Mitchell appears to want out, may seem like an odd move. In some ways, it is but the Cavs seemed to play better with Mitchell running the show than with Garland and Mitchell. That could potentially result in them making a deal to bolster the roster around Mitchell by trading Garland.

Cleveland taking back a player who can score off the ball makes sense but Zach LaVine is owed $138 million in remaining salary, which is among the worst contracts in the NBA. They can offset some of that salary by moving Caris LeVert and Georges Niang, which would essentially make it seem as though the Cavs are only paying him $23 million and $25 million over the next two seasons.

That is a much more reasonable price for LaVine, assuming he is healthy. In addition to LaVine, they would add Keldon Johnson, who would help them at small forward, as well as two potential lottery picks via the Spurs and Raptors. The Spurs' pick will likely be in the top-5 in the 2024 NBA Draft, while the Raptors pick will be in the top-6 protected in 2024 and 2025.

There is a 54 percent chance it conveys this year, which, were this deal to happen around draft night, could mean that Cleveland adds two top-10 picks to the roster. As a result, this might make them consider moving Garland; they thought the Mitchell situation could give them pause.