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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell tried to make it work in Utah before being traded in September. Rating of Danny Ainge 2021-2022 Jazz team member.

Mitchell Traded to Cleveland With so many draft picks and three young players, he said Wednesday he disagreed with Ainge’s statement that last year’s Jazz team “didn’t trust each other.”

Utah Jazz Head Coach Will Hardy Head Coach and CEO of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge announces as new head coach at a press conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on July 5, 2022 I’m talking about Hardy.
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“I don’t think we didn’t believe [in each other]'” Mitchell told ESPN on Wednesday. [Rudy Gobert]Let’s figure this out, let’s do it. And it didn’t happen. After 6 months with the team, I disagree with what he said. But in the end it’s his decision.”

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Mitchell’s trade was the last of three major changes to the franchise’s direction during the offseason.

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In July, Utah traded three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a ton of draft picks. Mitchell was traded a month later.

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Ainge told reporters on Monday that he didn’t like what he saw from the roster after becoming CEO of Basketball Operations in December.

Donovan Mitchell speaks at a press conference presented at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on September 14, 2022.

Donovan Mitchell speaks at a press conference presented at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on September 14, 2022.
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According to ESPN, Ainge said at a press conference on Monday, “What I saw during the season was a group of players who didn’t really believe in each other.” I think we liked each other, but I don’t know if there was any belief.

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“I believe all of these players were going into every game believing they were going to win. Don’t get me wrong,” Ainge said. “What I’m trying to say is that you can see that determination in a team that has a real belief in pushing each other’s backs when adversity hits.”

Cleveland Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Coby Altman (left), Donovan Mitchell (C) and head coach JB Bicker during a press conference introducing Mitchell at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on September 14, 2022. A staff member (right) is taking a photo.

Cleveland Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Coby Altman (left), Donovan Mitchell (C) and head coach JB Bicker during a press conference introducing Mitchell at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on September 14, 2022. A staff member (right) is taking a photo.
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For Mitchell, the trade is an opportunity for a team with young stars to make a fresh start in a new city after completing play-in tournament appearances.

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he joins All-Star Guard Darius Garland In the backcourt, All-Star Jarrett Allen and star newcomer Evan Mobley are in the middle.

“We were able to create something really special,” Mitchell said. “I’m thrilled to be playing for this team, this city, playing with these guys and just being out there competing and winning.”

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