April 20, 2024

The biggest concern for the Cleveland Cavaliers as the team progresses throughout this season would have to be the contract status of star player Donovan Mitchell. He is averaging 27.4 points on 46.8% shooting, 5.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists. What a stat line!

Mitchell has a player option next year for just over $37 million. He is eligible to sign a four-year extension worth up to roughly $200 million this summer. That would be quite the deal.

Here’s what Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said recently on the situation:

“We’ve been talking to him (Mitchell), sure, for the last couple of years about extending this contract,” Gilbert said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. “We think he will extend. I think if you listen to him talk, he loves the city.

“He loves the situation in Cleveland because our players are very young and we’re just kind of putting the core together that he’s clearly the biggest part of.”

Back in 2010, of course, everyone remembers “The Decision” made by LeBron James where he subsequently ended up signing with the Miami Heat and leaving Cleveland. In that ’10 season, the Cavs ended up losing in the Conference Semi-Finals to the Boston Celtics.

Well, why is this relevant all of these years later?

A lot of the contract likely depends on how the Cavs end up doing in the playoffs this year. The ’10 Cavs losing showed LeBron that the franchise wasn’t capable of winning an NBA Finals. For this current team, we will have to wait and see.

My guess is that unfortunately even with the talent on the roster, this team is not destined to win it all. Mitchell will see this and it will dictate his decision in the offseason as to which team he wants to end up playing for in the future.

*Currently, the Cavs are 44-29 and in 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are ahead of the Wine & Gold in the standings.

It always amazes me how hated and then now loved LeBron James has been in the realm of Cleveland throughout the years. If Mitchell were to leave, it certainly wouldn’t carry that same amount of absolute disgust as in 2010 with LeBron. We all remember that! Fans would still be disappointed to lose a star.

The Decision!

Moving forward, the Cavs must focus on becoming the best seed possible in the East and ultimately doing well in the playoffs despite this obvious distraction. There have been some great stretches and also very questionable losses recently.

“The Decision 2.0” is coming to Cleveland soon.

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