Lauri Markkanen “in shock” of his transfer to Utah


He had admitted it himself, during his presentation press conference in Cleveland. Like many people no doubt, Donovan Mitchell thought that the Jazz would conclude a trade with the Knicks concerning him.

Finally, we know, it was the Cavaliers who made the offer that made the difference, with Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton, plus draft rounds. So if the rear, who was at the center of the discussions, was surprised, the now ex-Cleveland players were also surprised. Lauri Markkanen can attest to that.

« I saw on Twitter that the Cavaliers had picked up Mitchell, but at that time it didn’t say against who »tells the Finn at the Salt Lake Tribune. “I wondered who the franchise was going to give away, and then whether I was going to be part of it or not. »

The player’s interrogations quickly ended as his phone rang seconds after the tweets announcing the trade. At the other end of the line: Koby Altman, the president of the Cavaliers.

“I didn’t expect anything since it was the first time for me. I was in shock. I hadn’t heard anything before, I hadn’t seen my name in the rumors. In the first moments, there was a lot of emotion. I loved Cleveland, I thought I found a home there. But that’s business, I get it, so no hard feelings. »

His new home will therefore be Salt Lake City. A destination that seems to thrill him and he has even already met a rather special real estate agent.

“The city looks beautiful, the downtown area looks nice. I am impatient. Sure, it’s sad to leave Cleveland, because our kids had their friends there, but I’m excited. I ran into Rudy Gobert in the hotel in Berlin (during Eurobasket) and he asked me if I didn’t want to buy his house. »

Lauri Markkanen Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2017-18 CHI 68 30 43.4 36.2 84.3 1.2 6.3 7.5 1.2 1.5 0.6 1.2 0.6 15.2
2018-19 CHI 52 32 43.0 36.1 87.2 1.4 7.6 9.0 1.4 2.4 0.7 1.6 0.6 18.7
2019-20 CHI 50 30 42.5 34.4 82.4 1.2 5.1 6.3 1.5 1.9 0.8 1.6 0.5 14.7
2020-21 CHI 51 26 48.0 40.2 82.6 0.7 4.6 5.3 0.9 1.5 0.5 1.0 0.3 13.6
2021-22 KEY 61 31 44.5 35.8 86.8 1.0 4.7 5.7 1.3 2.1 0.7 0.9 0.5 14.8
Total 282 30 44.1 36.4 85.0 1.1 5.7 6.8 1.3 1.9 0.7 1.3 0.5 15.4

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