This Bucks-Cavs Trade Proposal Features Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell, NBA Trade Rumors, Cleveland Cavaliers
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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ season is about to end, and the focus has shifted to NBA star Donovan Mitchell‘s uncertain future. His contract situation has sparked speculation about his long-term commitment to the team.

With a player option worth $37 million for the 2025-26 season, Mitchell can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2025 if he declines the option.

The current projection is that Mitchell will stay in Cleveland. However, there is a growing belief that the Cavaliers will be forced to trade Mitchell if an extension isn’t reached. This has led to trade rumors and proposals, including a potential deal for Damian Lillard from the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Lillard, a proven playoff performer, would bring a new level of scoring and shooting prowess to the Cavaliers. Pairing him with Mitchell would create a formidable duo, potentially increasing the appeal to retain Mitchell by offering him a more competitive roster.

Fran Leiva of Fadeaway World proposes trading Lillard for Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, and a 2031 first-round pick in exchange for the Bucks.

This move would balance both teams’ needs, allowing the Bucks to reboot with younger players while managing their salary cap and the Cavaliers to solidify their roster for a stronger Eastern Conference run.

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Lillard’s impressive career averages of 25.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.7 assists, along with his eight All-Star and seven All-NBA team selections, make him a valuable asset for any team. If the Cavaliers acquired Lillard, Mitchell might be more likely to sign an extension this summer, securing his future with the team.

As the offseason approaches, the Cavaliers face a crucial decision regarding Mitchell’s future. Will they find a way to retain their star player, or will they be forced to explore trade options?

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The potential addition of Lillard could be a game-changer for the team’s chances of keeping Mitchell long-term.

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