Donovan Mitchell Frustrated With Cavs' Lack of Maturity, Focus

Photo: Instagram/Donovan Mitchell

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell had another great season in 2023-24, but as he enters the final year of his contract, frustrations have surfaced. 

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Mitchell was unhappy with some teammates' lack of maturity, focus, and playoff readiness. Mitchell and the Cavs finished with a 48-34 record, securing the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. 

They beat the Orlando Magic in the first round but lost 4-1 to the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the second round. Mitchell missed a crucial Game 5 against the Celtics due to a calf strain, and with other key players Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert also out, Cleveland was overpowered, ending their season with a 113-98 loss.

Photo: Instagram/Donovan Mitchell

Mitchell, traded from the Utah Jazz two seasons ago, has been an All-Star both years with the Cavaliers. This season, he averaged 26.6 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game but was limited to 55 games due to injuries. In the playoffs, he averaged 29.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists over 10 games.

Despite his expressed happiness in Cleveland, Mitchell's future with the team is uncertain. If he decides not to sign an extension, the Cavs might consider trading him in the offseason. The team, led by young stars like Allen, Darius Garland, and Evan Mobley, may need more time to develop playoff experience.

As they grow and gain experience, the Cavaliers could become a stronger playoff contender. However, their current struggles against top teams like the Celtics show they still have a way to go.

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Source: Breacher Report 

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