1: Cleveland Cavaliers
The stars lined up perfectly to ensure that the Knicks and Cavaliers would meet up in the first round of the 2023 playoffs. It was a prime opportunity for Donovan Mitchell to show New York’s front office that they should’ve cashed in their chips for him, but the result was the opposite of what Cleveland fans were expecting.
The Cavaliers won only one game as the Knicks went on to a 4-1 series win. After being ridiculed for months about not going all-in on Mitchell, New York got the last laugh. However, that doesn’t mean that the Mitchell trade talk has ended, which is another reason why an opening night game between New York and Cleveland would be perfect.
Mitchell is eligible to sign an extension this offseason, which isn’t something that he’ll probably do. If that’s the case, he’ll be hounded with questions about his future with the Cavaliers at the start of the season. Imagine the speculation surrounding his future if he and Cleveland are slated to return to MSG on opening night.
It isn’t far-fetched to say Mitchell could be in New York by the time opening night of the 2024-25 season rolls around. Next summer, he’ll officially be on an expiring contract. Why not start the fun early with a clash between the Knicks and Cavaliers to start the 2023-24 season?