The Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Donovan Mitchell regardless of the way it impacts their potential to signal Evan Mobley to a full, five-year max out of his rookie contract on account of current collective bargaining settlement guidelines.
The best way Cleveland was impacted by that rule reportedly led to hypothesis on the a part of the New York Knicks, who have been additionally pursuing a commerce for Mitchell, that the Cavs would not current an all-in provide to the Utah Jazz due to it.
“Frankly, I feel when the Knicks have been negotiating in opposition to the Cavs, the Knicks knew that the Cavs have been bidding in opposition to them,” stated Brian Windhorst. “The Knicks, I feel, thought they have been bidding in opposition to themselves. And I feel one of many explanation why the Knicks weren’t one hundred pc sure the Cavs have been going to go all-in is as a result of they have been saying, ‘Effectively, the Cavs cannot commerce for Donovan Mitchell as a result of it would handcuff them on Evan Mobley.'”
If the rule does not change as a part of the following CBA, the Cavaliers can both signal Mobley to a four-year extension, or anticipate his restricted free company to signal him to a five-year max contract.
The Cavaliers finally determined the upside of buying and selling for Mitchell was price all of their draft capital plus no matter penalties come from making the Mobley long-term deal extra difficult.