Keys to Cavaliers making steps forward after Donovan Mitchell trade – Terry Pluto’s Scribbles

Scribbles in my notebook after talking to some NBA people about the Cavaliers mega-deal with Utah to bring Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland:

1. Evan Mobley. That’s what one NBA source began with when I asked him about the Cavs deal.

2. Former Cavs coach Mike Fratello can go on the record because he’s in the broadcasting business. He did a lot of Clippers games last season, where he saw Mitchell in the Western Conference.

3. I wondered if Mitchell had scored 50 points in a game. It happened twice in the 2020 Utah/Denver series. Mitchell scored 57 points (19 of-33 shooting) and 51 points (15 of 27 shooting). 

4. Mitchell has been in 39 career playoff games, averaging 28.3 points. 

5. Fratello compared the 6-foot-1 Mitchell to Joe Dumars in terms of him “having some bulk and being strong” despite also being a smaller guard.

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