NBA Trade Rumors: Top 3 Landings Spots For Donovan Mitchell

Will he or won't he? There has been plenty of buzz about whether or not Donovan Mitchell will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. He has one year left to run on his current deal. And while Cavs owner Dan Gilbert seems pretty confident that Mitchell will extend in Cleveland, there are plenty of other observers around the sport who feel that Spida may prefer to spin his web elsewhere in the future. 

With that in mind, let's have a look at three likely trade destinations if the Cavs, feeling they won't be able to re-sign him, decide to deal Mitchell this summer, with the help of Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.  

Los Angeles Lakers

No surprise here, as the Lakers will always be at the top of the list for teams in search of an available superstar. According to Lakers insider Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Purple & Gold will be looking for a third star to pair with LeBron James and Anthony Davis for next season. 

LA would need to send back a large-ish salary to Cleveland in any trade, and among the names that would need to be included are one or more of D'Angelo Russell (assuming he picks up his $18.7 million player option), Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura.

Miami Heat

Another team that's going to be a desired location for a long-term extension for Mitchell would be the Heat. He could join forces with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo to form a dynamic trio. 

Pincus feels that the Cavs would want prized Heat rookie Jamie Jaquez Jr., but to make the salaries work, they'd also have to include one or two of Tyler Herro, Terry Rozier and/or Duncan Robinson.

Houston Rockets

This is a team that we've already noted is ready to go out and make a huge splash this summer to add a true superstar to the mix. Their taste of a chase for the Play-In as this season winds down wasn't enough to whet the Rockets' appetite to take a step to the next level. Mitchell could get them there. But a rising talent like Jalen Green may have to be sacrificed to Cleveland to make something like this happen.