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Central Notes: Mitchell, Sexton, Luxury Tax, Duren

Central Notes: Sexton, Nwora, Turner, Hield, Sykes

September 6th 2022 at 8:30pm CST by Dana Gauruder

The blockbuster for Donovan Mitchell abruptly ended the Cavaliersโ€™ rebuilding project while amping up expectations, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

For a majority of the offseason, the Cavaliers were seemingly banking on internal improvement via a few minor tweaks. The trade changes that outlook. Lauri Markkanen is the player who will be the most difficult to replace since he was the teamโ€™s best option at small forward, Fedor adds.

We have more from the Central Division:

  • Trading Collin Sexton to Utah was the best case scenario for both him and the Cavaliers, Joe Vardon of The Athletic writes.ย He deserved better from the franchise considering the growing pains they endured. However, the team also earned the right not to overpay for him on his rookie scale extension. He wound up getting a four-year, $72MM contract.
  • The Cavaliers remain in good shape regarding the salary cap since Kevin Loveโ€™s contract expires next summer when Darius Garlandโ€™s extension kicks in, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic notes. The timing of these deals will allow them to decide when they enter the luxury tax and begin the repeat offender clock.
  • The Pistons traded into the lottery to snare center Jalen Duren but heโ€™ll likely spend a majority of the season with the G Leagueโ€™s Motor City Cruise, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com writes. The roster includes several veteran big men and GM Troy Weaver and head coach Dwane Casey are proponents of developing young talent in the G League. Duren at 18 is the youngest player in the league, Langlois notes.

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