According to sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in a blockbuster trade.

 According to sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in a blockbuster trade.

According to sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in a blockbuster trade.

The NBA G League unveiled its 2022-23 schedule on Thursday, along with an intriguing wrinkle for the upcoming season: Every G League game that goes to overtime will end with an Elam Ending rather than a timed period.

The game clock will be stopped during the overtime period under the Elam Ending format, and teams must hit a final target score to win. The target score will be determined by adding seven points to the final score of the game. For example, if the score is tied at 100 after four quarters, the overtime target score is 107 points. The team that scores the most points in overtime wins.

The Elam Ending format will also be used by the G League during its annual Las Vegas showcase in December, when all 30 teams will be present. Each game's fourth quarter will be played to a final target score of 25 points added to the leading team's three-quarter score. For example, if a game is 90-85 after three quarters, the final target score is 115 points, and the first team to reach it wins the game.

After its use in The Basketball Tournament for several years, the NBA adopted the Elam Ending format for its All-Star Game beginning in 2020 in Chicago.

While its use in the G League is no guarantee that it will be used in any way in NBA regular-season or playoff games, the G League has been used as a testing ground for potential changes in the NBA over the past several seasons.

Meanwhile, the G League Ignite, which includes several 2023 NBA draft prospects, and the Mexico City Capitanes will play a full 50-game schedule this season, with 24 home games, 24 road games, and two at the annual showcase in Las Vegas.

After relocating from California, the Ignite will play their home games in Las Vegas this season. The Capitanes will play their entire schedule in Mexico City, including the first G League game ever played there on November 6, when Mexico City hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

During the 2022-23 season, the NBA G League will use the Elam Ending format for overtime games.

Prior to Mitchell Robinson signing his contract extension, New York and Utah discussed numerous iterations of a Mitchell trade, including a significant Knicks' initial offer in early July. According to ESPN, near the start of negotiations in early July, New York offered a package that included Barrett, Obi Toppin, Robinson, and three unprotected first-round picks. Utah turned down that offer, and Robinson signed his extension, effectively ruling out the possibility of him being included in a deal.

While in trade talks with Utah, New York president Leon Rose was negotiating a rookie contract extension with Barrett's agent, Bill Duffy, and set Monday night as a deadline with the Jazz to get a deal – or pause talks to finalize a new deal with Barrett, according to sources. Barrett's contract — four years and up to $120 million, according to Duffy — included a "poison pill" provision that would have forced the Knicks and Jazz to restart talks with new deal parameters based on the extension.

According to sources, New York intended to pursue Mitchell further, but the Jazz shifted their focus to the Cleveland discussions and never engaged the Knicks in talks again this week. The Knicks had taken a calculated risk that a deal for Mitchell could still be completed. Mitchell, who was born in the New York area, had expressed interest in playing for the Knicks, according to sources.

After the Jazz traded Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in July, Mitchell became available in trade talks. Mitchell, 25, has averaged 23.9 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Jazz over the course of his five-year career, and he has been an All-Star each of the last three seasons. He has four years and $134.9 million left on the maximum extension he signed during the 2020 offseason, though the final year is a $37.1 million player option.

Utah has made the playoffs for the past six seasons, the longest active streak in the Western Conference, but has never advanced beyond the second round. Following last season's first-round loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the organization underwent major changes, including the resignation of coach Quin Snyder, the hiring of Will Hardy to replace him, and the trades of Gobert and starting forward Royce O'Neale.

After the New York Knicks walked away from talks on Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers pursued and acquired three-time All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell in a trade with the Utah Jazz on Thursday, according to ESPN sources.

According to sources, the Cavaliers will send the Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen, rookie wing Ochai Agbaji, guard Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027, and 2029), and two pick swaps (2026 and 2028) in exchange for Mitchell.

Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, Sexton's agent, confirmed a four-year, $72 million sign-and-trade agreement with the Jazz.

The addition of Mitchell to a lineup that includes two 2022 All-Stars — guard Darius Garland and center Jarrett Allen — and Rookie of the Year runner-up Evan Mobley, who appears destined to become an All-NBA player — transforms the Cavaliers into an Eastern Conference contender with potential staying power.

Utah has 13 unprotected or lightly protected first-round picks through 2029 and two 2022 first-round picks, including Kansas' Agbaji and 7-footer Walker Kessler, who arrived with four first-round picks from Minnesota, as it reshapes its roster with offseason trades of All-Star Rudy Gobert and now Mitchell.

Utah intends to continue talks with veteran free agents such as Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, and Mike Conley, and could be on the verge of an Oklahoma City-style draft haul.

Cleveland president of basketball operations Koby Altman had been in talks with the Jazz until late last week, but talks ended Friday when the two teams couldn't reach an agreement, according to sources. Nonetheless, Altman contacted Utah general manager Justin Zanik on Tuesday morning and resumed talks, according to sources. They had a deal in place for Mitchell within 48 hours.

New York had the assets Utah desired, and the two sides appeared to be getting closer to a deal Sunday night and into Monday, but the Knicks refused to include Quentin Grimes in a trade with RJ Barrett to acquire Mitchell, according to sources.

When guard Immanuel Quickley was proposed as a trade replacement for Grimes, Utah wanted three unprotected first-round draft picks as part of the package, but New York would only accept a third first-round pick with top-five protections, according to sources. According to sources, those packages would have included Milwaukee's 2025 first-round pick, two second-round picks, two pick swaps, and two expiring contracts from a third team. According to sources, New York would have sent Evan Fournier and a first-round pick to a third team to avoid Utah having to pay Fournier's remaining $37 million.

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