The Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed Donovan Mitchell to town and it went pretty dang well.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially completed the trade with Donovan Mitchell, bringing him to town and making him part of the team for the foreseeable future. While everyone talked about the interview he did with Brian Windhorst about the New York Knicks trade that seemingly died a death, the overall day really did capture just what a big deal his arrival really is for the city and the team.
We know the story of Mitchell running up and down a golf course after finding out he was traded to the Cavs, but the team themselves were equally as excited, with Koby Altman telling Adrian Wojnarowski all about Love’s reaction.
Love was apparently very enthusiastic about Mitchell’s arrival, texting Cavs President (wrongly identified as GM in Ben Axelrod’s tweet) “F— yeah!”.
Mitchell then spent some of his introductory press conference talking about all the things he’s looking forward to experiencing now that he’s in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the city rolled out the red carpet for Donovan Mitchell
While it’s clear that Mitchell probably wanted to play for the Knicks first and foremost, which isn’t surprising, it’s also pretty obvious that he seems to be fitting in just fine among the Cavaliers faithful. Even though he didn’t go to the place he considers home, he ended up in a place that will certainly make him feel right at home.
The photo shoots, the billboards, and the fans at the airport upon his arrival, it really goes to show you just how big of a deal Mitchell really is to the Cavs. I can’t remember the last time a Cavs player, not named LeBron James, got this kind of reception after arriving in Cleveland.
It seems like he’s going to fit right in and that’s a great thing, especially for those hoping that Mitchell will act as the missing piece to get the Cavs to the NBA Finals this year and beyond.
Are you happy that Mitchell is in Cleveland, and what do you think the expectations are now for the Cavs long term? Let us know in the comments down below.