Cleveland Cavaliers owner ‘heavily involved’ this offseason amid Donovan Mitchell trade rumors

Fresh off a second-round exit from the NBA Playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers face a potential franchise-altering offseason.

Star guard Donovan Mitchell has continually emerged as potential trade bait as the All-Star enters the final year of his contract. Cleveland could very well choose to trade Mitchell rather than face the real possibility of losing him in free agency next summer.

We’ve read reports that the Cavaliers could also trade guard Darius Garland and big man Jarrett Allen. Needless to say, there are several moving parts heading into the summer in Cleveland.

According to this note from ESPN’s Brian WindhorstCavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is expected to be heavily involved in what the Cavaliers do during the offseason.

Whether this is good news for the Cavaliers and their fans remains to be seen. Gilbert is one of the most volatile owners in professional sports.

His Cavaliers teams have failed to be relevant on the broader NBA stage while LeBron James has not been the face of the organization.

In fact, this year’s appearance in the Eastern Conference semifinals marked the first time Cleveland has reached the first round without LeBron James since 1992-93.

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The biggest story in Cleveland this offseason will obviously be Donovan Mitchell. But there are more moving parts. In addition to Garland and Allen being mentioned in trade talks, Evan Mobley could be signed to a max contract this summer.