SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Dennis Lindsey has proven to be aggressive yet again.
The Utah Jazz traded Trey Lyles and the 24th pick in the NBA Draft to move up to the 13th pick to select Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound shooting guard, was a first team All-ACC selection after his sophomore season with the Cardinals.
Mitchell was shocked when he learned he was traded to Utah, which was the first team he worked out for.
“When I had conversations with Mr. Lindsey, he told me he didn’t think I was going to be available at 24,” Mitchell said. “I guess he was right by his own doing. I’m glad to be a part of this organization. It’s incredible.”
Mitchell averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists last season for Louisville. He shot 46 percent from the floor, including 35 percent from 3-point range. Mitchell, traditionally an off-guard, also played some point guard for the Cardinals.
“I’m a hard-nosed and gritty defender,” Mitchell said. “I think that will stick out from everybody else, and then I’ll let the rest of the game come along. I’m just really excited to go out there and work my butt off, work my tail off and sacrifice my body for my teammates.”
Mitchell really turned it on during conference season. He averaged 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game in 18 ACC games.
He has tremendous athleticism, exemplified by several jaw-dropping dunks this past season, and he plays solid perimeter defense.
“I love the organization, I love the people of Utah, I love the city,” Mitchell said. “That’s one thing people don’t know. The city is amazing is an amazing place. If you enjoy the city, then you can play basketball in that city.”
Mitchell also has a message for Gordon Hayward, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
“Let’s go out there and compete, man,” Mitchell said with a smile. “I’d love to play with a star like that, I’d love to learn from a guy like him.”
Lyles was a disappointment in his second season with the Jazz. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 71 games last year. But he fell out of the rotation, and played two games in the playoffs.
Lyles tweeted, “Want to say thank you to the Jazz organization/Coaches/Fans/Teammates for all the help and support and a great 2 years!”
Then later in the first round, the Jazz traded the 30th and 42nd overall draft picks to the Los Angeles Lakers for North Carolina 6-foot-10-inch center Tony Bradley.
In 38 games for the national champion Tar Heels, Bradley averaged 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He shot 57.1 percent from the field, and is known as an aggressive offensive rebounder. Bradley is expected to be a backup to Rudy Gobert.
In the second round, the Jazz drafted Gonzaga point guard Nigel Williams-Goss with the 55th overall selection. Williams-Goss lead the Bulldogs all the way to the national championship game, averaging 16.8 points, 4.7 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game.
This is the fifth year in a row the Jazz have made at least one draft day trade.