Around the Association: Early Returns on the Mitchell Trade, Lauri Looking GOOD, Kyrie Had a "Productive" Meeting with Adam Silver, More

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Around the Association: Early Returns on the Mitchell Trade, Lauri Looking GOOD, Kyrie Had a “Productive” Meeting with Adam Silver, More

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Can two teams “win” a trade in today’s NBA? It sure seems that way in the case of the Donovan Mitchell blockbuster between the Cavs and the Jazz. But first, let’s talk about Kyrie.

Latest on Kyrie Irving

Suspended Nets guard Kyrie Irving met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday in what Shams Charania called a “productive and understanding visit.” Irving is currently working through the action items set forth by the Nets that will allow him to return to play, which include:

  • Issue an apology for posting a link to the movie on Oct. 27, condemn the harmful and false content and make clear that he does not have anti-Jewish beliefs.
  • Complete the anti-hate causes that Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League agreed upon in their joint release on Nov. 2 — including a $500,000 donation toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in communities.
  • Complete sensitivity training created by the Nets.
  • Complete antisemitic/anti-hate training designed by the Nets.
  • Meet with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, as well as Jewish community leaders in Brooklyn.
  • After completing 1 to 5, meet with owner Joe Tsai and lead franchise officials and demonstrate the lessons learned and that the gravity of the harm caused in the situation is understood, and provide assurances that this type of behavior will not be repeated.

It’s not clear where Irving stands on those action items imposed by the Brooklyn Nets, but he has missed three games — of the five minimum — in which Brooklyn has gone 2-1.

While Irving is working through the action items with the Nets and had a productive meeting with the commissioner, the National Basketball Players Association has discussed what they will do moving forward. Irving serves as one of nine members on the executive committee for the NBPA.

In that regard, it seems as though the other members of the nine-person executive committee are sticking by Irving, which makes perfect sense as a union, not an employer or business partner.

“We’re different from his employer or business partner. I think for us as a union, we have duties and responsibilities to all of our members, regardless of circumstances or situations that may occur,” McCollum said. “In this particular instance of (a) situation, Kyrie was elected in 2020 and it was a three-year term and that’s the extent of where we’re at with that.”

Early Returns: Donovan Mitchell Trade Working for Both Jazz, Cavs

Trades are often analyzed in a win-loss light, but sometimes trades work for both sides, which is what the early returns on the Donovan Mitchell trade have brought for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz.

Cleveland — Mitchell’s new team — is off to an 8-2 start and sits in the second slot in the Eastern Conference through their first 10 games of the season.

For the Cavaliers, Mitchell is averaging 31.2 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.1 rebounds, and is shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 45.1 percent from three-point range.

Mitchell is on pace to return to Salt Lake City — the place where he began his career — as an All-Star this season, and the Cavs look like the Eastern Conference contender that they envisioned they would be when they sent three unprotected firsts, two pick swaps and 2022 lottery pick Ochai Agbaji to Utah in draft capital alone. Cleveland also sent Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton to the Jazz in the deal.

Markkanen has been the player that the Chicago Bulls thought they were getting in Utah, shooting 66.7 percent on two-point shots and averaging 21.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest to go along with a career-best 2.7 assists per game.

Sexton — whom the Jazz extended after the trade — has been solid in Utah thus far, averging 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from deep.

The Jazz also reeled in a massive haul in the Rudy Gobert trade with Minnesota, and their rebuild is looking like one that will be more of a re-tool with their war chest of young talented players and draft capital packed to the brim. Utah is off to an 8-3 start this season.

It’s the smallest sample size, but things look pretty promising for both sides. Sometimes trades work out the way both sides envisioned, and this may be one of those times.

And Ones

  • Miles Bridges pleaded no contest to a felony domestic violence charge last Thursday, and will face three years of probation and no jail time as part of a deal with prosecutors, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Luka Doncic has been on 🔥!
  • GOAT stuff from the 🐐:
  • More on Kyrie Irving, who, according to Brian Lewis of the NY Post, would routinely blow off the plays that former head coach Steve Nash would call for the Nets:
  • Kevin Durant is leading the NBA in total points, but Luke is leading the league in points per game with a whopping 36.0 PPG.
  • KD’s destruction of Daniel Gafford’s ankles was voted the Play of the Week at NBA.com:
  • Cam Johnson will miss 1-2 months after undergoing surgery on Tuesday to remove part of his meniscus, per Brian Windhorst:


Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.