Donovan Mitchell is expected to miss Game 5; Lakers, Nets rumored to be preparing trade proposals

Cavaliers Facing Decision on Donovan Mitchell Contract Extension Amid Injury and Roster Uncertainty

The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing a major decision this offseason: whether to sign Donovan Mitchell to a contract extension or consider trade options. With one year left on his current deal, the team is prepared to offer Mitchell a max extension worth an estimated $199 million over four years. However, if Mitchell does not sign the extension, trade options may need to be considered in order to avoid losing him for nothing in free agency in 2025.

Mitchell’s injury absence has added an extra layer of uncertainty to a pivotal juncture for the franchise. He was listed as questionable for Game 5 against the Boston Celtics and did not participate in the morning shootaround. With the Cavaliers trailing 3-1 in the series, this game could mark the end of their season as Boston looks to close out the series at home.

Despite already having interest from teams like the Lakers and Nets, Mitchell will have leverage in any potential trade due to his contractual situation. If he chooses to stay in Cleveland, changes are still expected for the team. Questions loom over the future of players like Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, as well as the coaching situation with J.B. Bickerstaff. The decision on Mitchell’s extension will play a significant role in shaping the Cavaliers’ offseason moves.

In addition to these challenges, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert also did not participate in Game 5 morning shootaround and are listed as questionable for that night’s game against Boston Celtics which adds more uncertainty

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