Knicks Twitter erupts after Donovan Mitchell is traded to Cavaliers

Donovan Mitchell, New York Knicks (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Donovan Mitchell, New York Knicks (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

After the Utah Jazz shockingly traded star guard Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, hundreds, if not thousands, of New York Knicks fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the move.

In this trade, the Cavaliers sent Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first round picks, and two pick swaps for Mitchell. While personally, I believe this is quite a steal for a player of Mitchell’s caliber, not everyone seems to agree.

Seeing a trade like this makes me wonder, what was the Knicks’ final offer? Because honestly, if what the Cavs gave up gets them Mitchell, the Knicks must have really lowballed Danny Ainge. It is nice to see the Knicks front office commit to the young core though, as the potential these young players have could rival that of one singular player in Mitchell.

Regardless, many Knicks fans have been giving their input on this trade, with some being serious and others not.

Knicks Twitter erupts after Donovan Mitchell unexpectedly traded to Cavs

First we’ll start off with some of the Knicks fans who are happy to see that the Knicks did not give up their young core in order to add a star to the roster.

Personally, I somewhat agree with their thought process. While I am a bit more in the middle on the whole Mitchell trade situation — meaning I would be fine with either keeping the young core or trading part of it for stars. I am still very glad to see all of the young guns staying in NY for the foreseeable future.

On the other side of things, there are some of the Knicks fans who did not take the trade news as well as others… including myself.

This was obviously a more “in the moment” reaction. While personally I love the Knicks’ young core, after seeing what the Cavs gave up, I truly felt like the Knicks could’ve pulled a trade off without giving up a majority of the young core.

It is easy to understand both sides of this seemingly everlasting argument. While there is a good chance that the Knicks’ young core breaks out and provides a ton of production on the court. It is nice to have a 25 year old star entering their prime next to a recently-extended RJ Barrett. 

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Honestly, it’s hard to have an exact feeling on this trade. Obviously, at the time, I was very upset about it, but as time goes on, I understand that it may have been better to keep the young guns. It just would have been very nice to see a player of Mitchell’s caliber suit up for the Knicks.