Cleveland Cavaliers hold introductory press conference for Donovan Mitchell

Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 9:54 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2022 at 3:57 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Donovan Mitchell got a hero’s welcome from Cleveland Cavaliers fans Tuesday.

Mitchell was met by a huge crowd at the airport upon arrival and another throng of fans greeted him at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse press conference.

“You want to give your heart and soul for the people that show up for you,” Mitchell said. “I truly appreciate that. Night in and night out basis we’re going to be working for this city.”

The Cavs officially announced they acquired the All-Star in a trade with the Utah Jazz on Sept. 3.

In return for Mitchell, the Cavs put together a package for Utah consisting of Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, 2022 rookie Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick-swaps (2026 and 2028), according to a release from the Cavs.

During his career with the Jazz, Mitchell averaged 23.9 points, 4.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field.

Mitchell also brings playoff experience to Cleveland after playing in the post-season during all five of his seasons with the Jazz. He averaged 28.3 points, 4.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 43.1 percent during his career playoff appearances.

Mitchell’s first action as a Cavalier will kick off during the Oct. 5 preseason matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

He will make his regular-season debut for the Cavs in Toronto against the Raptors on Oct. 19, and will make his Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse debut on Oct. 23 against the Washington Wizards.