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Arsenal vs. Aston Villa result, highlights and analysis as Jesus and Martinelli keep Gunners on top



Stockpile guaranteed they remained top of the Premier League table and safeguarded their ideal beginning to the season with a predominant 2-1 success over Aston Villa.

Yet again gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were the legends of great importance to make it five successes from five for Mikel Arteta’s side, who sit two focuses clear of Manchester City at the highest point of the standings.

Stockpile’s pleasure just exacerbated Steven Gerrard’s as they kept a third continuous loss and one win in five leaves them nineteenth with few encouraging points to take and the visit of City up next.

The Gunners had 60% belonging and 22 shots to Villa’s four in a telling exhibition that possibly looked under danger when the guests balanced in the 74th moment as substitute Douglas Luiz scored straightforwardly from a corner.

In any case, this Arsenal side don’t turn over any longer and under two minutes after the fact Martinelli had them back in front as he tapped in Bukayo Saka’s cross at the back post to join his Brazilian partner Jesus on the scoresheet, after he’d been fastest to respond from an Emiliano Martinez repel on the half-hour to break the halt.

Munititions stockpile’s attitude has changed

The Gunners dug out from a deficit against Fulham last week to secure a 2-1 win and this evening were in danger of their diligent effort going to squander as Luiz snatched an unmerited balancer in freak conditions with 16 minutes to go.

Yet again yet after 151 seconds, Martinelli guaranteed he was at the back post to control home Saka’s cross to return Arsenal to front and start a craze at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal of old could never have had the option to do that, they’d have disintegrated under the tension, or more terrible, blown their possibilities and surrendered a late champ to leave with nothing. This Arteta side has conviction and craving back in its spine. From Jesus bringing Villa’s middle backs hardship the entire night to Martinelli and Saka running the channels, it was wild eyed and turbulent now and again, yet continuously going after with expectation all through. Indeed, even Granit Xhaka ended up in the last third for the greater part of the game, such was his amazing commitment to Arsenal’s going after yield tonight.

Munititions stockpile are playing with pizazz and strength in equivalent measure and it’s nothing unexpected at this beginning phase of the time the vibe great variable is back in north London.

Arsenal reaping rewards of transfer business

While Chelsea launched a £43m bid for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez and continued to chase Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester United aim to register Antony’s arrival and Liverpool remain on the lookout for a midfielder of their own before the 11pm transfer window deadline, Arteta and technical director Edu can sleep well tonight.

In fact, the Gunners acting early in the transfer window to move for Jesus and Zinchenko have proved astute business decisions. While Zinchenko didn’t feature against Villa due to injury, he’s been a breath of fresh air so far this season. As for Jesus, he bagged his third goal of the season – a typical poacher’s finish as he was quickest to react to Martinez’s error from Martinelli’s deflected cross


Jesus adds an an energy and a purpose to Arsenal’s attacking line, at times he bullied Ezri Konsa and didn’t allow Villa’s backline a second to think about trying to pass it out from the back.

At the other end of the pitch, Saliba’s commanding performance was again of a player well beyond his 21 years. While not a new signing this summer, Arteta’s decision to include him in pre-season and decide early on he was going to be a regular this term has allowed him to settle in and look like he’s been playing Premier League football for years.

Arsenal’s next big test comes against Manchester United on Sunday but, with Jesus in attack and Saliba at the back (even though that’s not the song Gooners sing!) you feel they won’t be going to Old Trafford as a team without a winning game plan.

Gerrard’s troubles continue

It’s one win in five league matches for the former Rangers boss and already he’s among the favourites with the bookies to be given the chop. We saw Bournemouth sack Scott Parker following a 9-0 hammering to Liverpool earlier this week and, with Manchester City next up, Gerrard will certainly be looking over his shoulder if that ends in embarrassment.

We’re five games in and he seems to be trying to work out his best XI in either a 4-3-3 or a narrow 4-1-2-1-2. Tonight, he left Ings on the bench, with Bailey and Buendia on the wings to supply the ball to target man Watkins but the front line lacked fluidity. Matty Cash looked the most lively at times down the wing but even his deliveries into the box offered little danger.

It didn’t look much prettier at the back, Gerrard continues to look for his ideal defensive partnership and it can’t be helping with the goals they’re shipping in. Post-match he said his side need to “get back to basics” and admitted if he wasn’t concerned about his future you’d look at him as though he was from a “different planet.” Gerrard will need to get his team in order sharpish or he could find himself in different job.

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Arsenal vs. Aston Villa final score

1H 2H Final
Arsenal  1 1 2
Aston Villa  0 1 1


ARS – Gabriel Jesus (30th min)

AST – Douglas Luiz (74th min)

ARS – Gabriel Martinelli (76th min)

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa as it happened


The Gunners make it five wins from five. The perfect start to the season continues for Arteta’s men.

90th min +4: Nketiah runs with the ball from his own half to the edge of the box, he has options left and right but goes for goal himself and it’s over.

90th min +3: Ings makes a darting run into the box but Gabriel does well to win the ball in a dangerous position.

90th min: Martinelli has a go from distance but it’s dragged wide. Five minutes added time to come.

88th min: Saka goes off to big applause with Rob Holding coming on. Jesus gets an even bigger cheer as Eddie Nketiah is given a run out.

86th min: Cash drives forward after a nice backheel from Bailey and Villa win a corner. It’s on the other side this time so Luiz doesn’t take it. Ramsdale’s fouled and Arsenal get the free-kick.

83rd min: Gerrard’s going for it, he’s got to, he takes Kamara off for Danny Ings.

82nd min: Ramsdale is down receiving some treatment. Gerrard is using this as an opportunity to rally his troops.

81st min: Emile Smith Rowe comes on for Odegaard. He looks to be limping a little so it’s probably precautionary from Arteta.

76th min: GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

What a response from the Gunners! Martinelli puts them back in front with a first-time finish at the back post, on the half-volley, from Saka’s cross on the right flank. There was just one minute 11 seconds between the goals.

74th min: GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa

Luiz has been on the pitch for 30 seconds. His first corner is cleared at the near post but the second goes straight in! Ramsdale feels he’s impeded by Kamara but after a VAR check the goal stands. What an impact… he’s had two touches!

73rd min: Double change for Villa as Coutinho and Luiz come on for Buendia and McGinn.

72nd min: Big chance for Villa as Bailey runs out Arsenal’s backline and fires one on target but Ramsdale tips the fierce shot over.

70th min: Arsenal are knocking on the door to get the second goal and the crowd can sense it as they roar them on. The fresh legs of Tomiyasu see him get the better of Digne but his cross into the box is cut out.

67th min: Martinelli and Xhaka have linked up well down the left but this time the Brazilian overhits a pass to his teammate on the overlap.

63rd min: First change of the night sees White make way for Takehiro Tomisyasu.

61st min: Arsenal are playing some lovely football from one end of the pitch to the other. The game’s still very open though with Villa getting more of the ball. The Gunners need another to see this game off.

56th min: Most bizarre moment of the evening goes to Martinez… who catches a ball from a corner and goes to kick it, Jesus blocks him off and the goalkeeper puts him in a headlock. Martinez then has the cheek to complain to the referee that Jesus did wrong. Mad!

55th min: Odegaard’s free-kick has plenty of whip on it from the edge of the box, it looks to just be going wide, but forces Martinez into an acrobatic save nonetheless.

54th min: Konsa gets a yellow card after tugging Jesus’ shirt. The Arsenal had no right to win that ball over the top. He’s proving a real handful for the defence.

53rd min: Odegaard is human after all… he plays a through ball into space with no Arsenal player anywhere near it and it goes out for a goal-kick. Most unlike him.

51st min: Villa get forward but a lazy pass from Bailey is overhit and Cash can’t make it and it goes out for a goal-kick.

48th min: William Saliba picks up a yellow card for pulling Watkins down after he’d got the better of him just inside Arsenal’s half.

We’re underway!


45th min +2: Oh my! Xhaka cushions the ball down with his head to set up Martinelli who hits the sweetest of strikes on the half-volley from the edge of the box and forces a brilliant save from Martinez.

45th min: Odeegard plays a deft through ball over the top for Jesus but he can’t quite connect. The ball falls to Saka but he can’t scramble it over the line either and Villa clear their lines. Tierney has a followup shot but it’s comfortably saved. Gerrard will be giving his players a few stern words at half-time, that’s for sure.

44th min: Cash gets all the way to the byline and puts a ball into the box but Lokonga cuts it out and luckily for him his clearance falls into the hands of Ramsdale.

41st min: Kamara goes into the referee’s book too as he brings down Jesus in the middle of the park.

39th min: Odegaard picks up a yellow card for bringing Watkins down with Villa on the break.

38th min: Martinez is having a night to forget so far. He’s just done a drag back that’s put the ball out for a corner. What’s he thinking!?

34th min: Arsenal haven’t eased up in the slightest since scoring. Could be a long evening for Villa at this rate…

30th min: GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

Martinelli plays a first-time cross into the box at Martinez’s near post but he can’t gather it and Jesus is the quickest to react as he hammers home the rebound from inside six yards. Poor from Martinez but a brilliant poacher’s finish from the Brazilian.

29th min: Jesus runs into the box on the left side and cuts inside but Konsa wins the ball and blocks him off. There’s a half-hearted appeal from the striker but it’s a good tackle.

28th min: Matty Cash and Buendia play a neat one-two in Arsenal’s box but Cash’s shot is weak and doesn’t trouble Aaron Ramsdale.

23rd min: How has Saka missed!? Xhaka carries the ball forward before playing Martinelli in on the left wing. The Brazilian crosses to the back post where Saka is arriving unmarked but a bit of an awkward bounce sees him shank it wide with his right foot. That’s the closest Arsenal have come so far.

20th min: Villa are just starting to have a little bit more of the ball but Ramsey gives it away in the final third and Arsenal look dangerous on the counter-attack. This time it comes to nothing.

17th min: Odegaard plays in Jesus who holds off his man and gets the shot away from the right side of the six-yard box. Martinez makes the save but it falls to Odegaard who has two attempts at it but they’re both blocked. Desperate defending from the visitors.

14th min: Ramsey goes in hard with a big tackle and catches Martinelli with his follow through, he’s a tad fortunate to escape with just a yellow card.

11th min: Gabriel stays up for the resulting corner and the ball falls to him kindly in the box but his shot is comfortably saved. Arsenal look on it.

10th min: Big chance! Odegaard plays a quick free-kick over the top and Jesus brings it down brilliantly before firing one from close range but Emiliano Martinez makes a fine stop at his near post.

9th min: McGinn certainly looks fired up for this one. He puts Ben White on the deck with a big tackle on the right touchline.

7th min: Saka goes on a bursting run into the box and has his shirt pulled. He later goes to ground after a challenge from Mings but there’s not enough in it for a foul.

5th min: John McGinn takes an elbow to the face from Lokonga as they go up for a header. He’s not happy but it was entirely accidental.

4th min: An encouraging attacking move from Villa gets them into Arsenal’s box as Ramsey plays in Buendia but his shot is well over the bar.

1st min: Gabriel Jesus gets bundled over by Lucas Digne in the opening minute and goes down holding his shin. He’s back on his feet soon enough.

We’re underway!

2 mins from kickoff: The teams are out and it’s LOUD at the Emirates Stadium.

5 mins from kickoff: Not long to go now until Martin Odegaard leads his team out the tunnel. He’s scored three goals in his last two matches and has embraced the pressure of wearing the captain’s armband, something that’s not gone unnoticed by his manager.

“He’s more humble I would say – even more,” Arteta replied when asked if he had seen a change in the Norway captain since giving him the armband.

“That’s the way he is. More humble and more hungry, a good combination. At 23 he has already had a lot of experience and a lot of pressure, especially individually.

“He’s played for Madrid and knows what it’s about. He does it all natural, nothing worries him, and he’s developing that even more.”

20 mins from kickoff: Last season Arsenal recorded a 3-1 win against Villa at home as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe got on the scoresheet. Jacob Ramsey netted a consolation for the visitors. At Villa Park, Arsenal also took three points with Bukayo Saka netting the only goal of the game. Gerrard will be hoping his side can have the opposite result this evening.

40 mins from kickoff: While things are going rosy for Arteta at Arsenal, things aren’t great at Villa Park for Gerrard right now. He and his team were booed off at home to West Ham on Sunday following a 1-0 defeat and they’ve picked up just one win from their four league matches so far.

The former Liverpool captain still seems to be trying to work out his best XI and has experimented with a 4-3-3 and a narrow 4-1-2-1-2 formation so far. Tonight he leaves Ings on the bench and goes with the pace of Bailey and Buendia on the wings to supply the ball to target man Watkins.

60 mins from kickoff: The teams are in!

The home side: Albert Sambi Lokonga comes in for Mohamed Elneny, after the Egyptian tweaked his hamstring against Fulham.

The away side: Tyron Mings returns after illness while Emi Buendia and Jacob Ramsey come back into the side as Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings drop out.

90 mins from kickoff: Not to put any pressure on the Gunners but looking at past seasons, should Arsenal win a fifth consecutive league match to start their season, the signs are good. The north London side have only started three previous top-flight seasons with a run of five wins, doing so in 1930-31 (finished 1st), 1947-48 (finished 1st) and 2004-05 (finished 2nd).

Arsenal will hope to avoid having to come from behind like they did in their 2-1 win against Fulham last time out though.

Team news to come in 30 mins.

120 mins from kickoff: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of tonight’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

It’s 1st vs. 16th and Arteta will hoping his side can keep their impressive unbeaten start going with a convincing display at a packed Emirates Stadium this evening.

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa lineups

Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney — Sambi Lokonga, Xhaka — Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli — Jesus.

Subs: Turner, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Holding, Soares, Tomiyasu, Vieira, Marquinhos, Smith

Aston Villa starting lineup (4-3-3): Martinez (GK) — Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne — McGinn, Kamara, Ramsey — Buendia, Watkins, Bailey.

Subs: Olsen, Luiz, Ings, Chambers, Augustinsson, Young, Coutinho, Archer, Iroegbunam

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Biden attacks Trump, saying his wing of the Republican party is a threat to democracy



President Biden on Thursday cautioned Americans that majority rules system is enduring an onslaught from a group of the Republican faction drove by previous President Donald Trump, and approached Democrats, standard Republicans and free thinkers to “shout out, stand up, get ready for marriage — vote, vote.”

In an uncommon ideal time discourse, Biden went after his ancestor, saying that “a lot of what’s going on in our nation today isn’t typical.” The discourse came only two months in front of midterm legislative races, where Democrats are battling to keep their thin larger parts in the Senate and House of Representatives.

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Biden said the Republican faction is “overwhelmed, driven, scared by Donald Trump” and his allies, referring to it as “a danger to this country.”

“They will not acknowledge the consequences of a free political race. What’s more, they’re working right now as I talk in a large number of states to provide the ability to choose races in America to sectarians and buddies, engaging political decision deniers to subvert a majority rules system itself,” Biden expressed, talking outside Independence National Historical Park in midtown Philadelphia.

The White House guaranteed it was anything but a political discourse, however Biden sent off numerous political attacks against Trump and his allies. He referred to them as “MAGA Republicans” — alluding to the ‘Make America Great Again’ motto utilized by the previous president.

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans address a radicalism that compromises the actual underpinnings of our republic,” he said.

Biden is looking to capitalize on recent momentum, strategists say

After months of struggling in the polls, Biden is seeking to capitalize on a series of legislative wins, concerns about the impact of the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling — and from ongoing coverage of Trump’s legal problems, said Doug Sosnik, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton.

“The real power of the presidency is understanding the use of the bully pulpit,” Sosnik said. “The better your standing with the American public, the more likely you are to have an impact with the speech.”

Ben Tulchin, a Democratic pollster, praised Biden and his team for shifting their strategy and taking on Republicans more directly.

He said Biden is wise to establish more contrast between himself and Trump and the Republicans. “Every hero needs a villain,” Tulchin said. “And Donald Trump plays a very good villain.”

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Republicans said Biden was being divisive

Speaking ahead of the address, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Biden to apologize.

“President Biden has chosen to divide, demean, and disparage his fellow Americans — why? Simply because they disagree with his policies,” McCarthy said in his own speech from Pennsylvania. “That is not leadership.”

Biden sought to make clear that he was not criticizing all Republicans, calling on mainstream Republicans to reject that wing of their party.

“We are not powerless in the face of these threats. We are not bystanders in this ongoing attack on democracy,” he said. “There are far more Americans, far more Americans from every background and belief who reject the extreme MAGA ideology than those that accept it. ”

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Penn State vs. Purdue: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, prediction, pick, spread, football game odds



There’s no delicate send off of the 2022 school football season for Penn State or Purdue. The two Big Ten projects will dismiss things from Thursday night in a meeting conflict to open the season in a skirmish of two groups falling off various seasons in 2021.

Penn State v Maryland

Purdue was one of the Big Ten’s unexpected treats. In the wake of going 6-12 during the 2019 and 2020 seasons, the Boilermakers improved to 9-4 last season and went 6-3 in the Big Ten, completing in a bind with Minnesota and Wisconsin for second in the Big Ten West.

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Penn State was not as fruitful, going 7-6 (and just 4-5 in meeting play) after a 4-5 execution in 2020, with four misfortunes against positioned groups and a steamed misfortune to Illinois in nine additional minutes. It was sufficient to get to a bowl game, yet basically coming to the postseason is never the objective in State College, Pennsylvania. Not for a program that won the Big Ten East in 2019 when it went 11-2.

Thursday late evening’s gathering will be the primary between these schools starting around 2019 when Penn State beat Purdue 35-7 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State has ruled the series, winning 15 of the 19 gatherings.

Purdue vs. Penn State: Need to know

Purdue has plenty to replace, but still has Aidan O’Connell: Part of the reason Purdue was so successful in 2021 was receiver David Bell (93 receptions., 1,286 yards, six touchdowns) and defensive end George Karlaftis (41 tackles, 11.5 TFL, five sacks, three fumbles forced). Both will play their football on Sunday this season, and while neither will be easy to replace, the Boilermakers take some solace in getting Aidan O’Connell back. O’Connell began 2021 in a battle for the starting QB job, but once he got hold of it, he refused to let go. O’Connell finished the season with 3,708 yards passing and 28 touchdowns. He enters 2022 as the unquestioned starter, and some wonder if he might be the next-best QB in the league behind Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.

Consistency at offensive coordinator for Sean Clifford: Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. For example, nobody expected much from Northwestern’s Ryan Hilinski last weekend, but he was in the same situation as Clifford entering 2022. Hilinski threw for 314 yards to help lead the Wildcats to an upset win over Nebraska. Familiarity is huge for a QB, and Clifford has it with his playbook and play-caller for the first time in his college career. That, combined with his experience, could lead to his most prolific season at Penn State.

Watch out for Penn State freshman Nick Singleton: The first-year player could be as big a boost to Clifford and the Penn State offense as anyone else. Penn State has struggled to run the ball effectively since the days of Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders, and Singleton is the most talented back they’ve had since Barkley. That’s not to say he is Barkley or he’ll have an immediate impact, but he does give Penn State’s offense the kind of game-breaking talent it has lacked at running back. He’s a player to keep an eye out for on Thursday night — and all season long.

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How to watch Purdue vs. Penn State live

Date: Thursday, September 1 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Ross-Ade Stadium — West Lafayette, Indiana
TV: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Purdue vs. Penn State prediction, picks

I’ve painted myself into a bit of a corner here. I spent the offseason talking about Penn State being the Big Ten’s most underrated program based on the last couple of seasons, while simultaneously saying that Purdue was overrated after overperforming last season. Well, it looks like my two opinions will clash head-on Thursday night, and I see no reason to back down from them yet. I have legitimate concerns about Purdue’s ability to quickly replace the key parts it lost from last year’s team, and Penn State should have the clear talent advantage. There’s a reason the Nittany Lions are favored on the road coming off a mediocre season. Don’t overthink it.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Pittsburgh v Michigan State

Week 1 action continues Friday evening with eight more games to whet your appetite before the full slate of Saturday’s college football coverage gets underway. While the second of five straight days of college football is light on ranked teams — only No. 15 Michigan State is represented from the Preseason AP Top 25 — it still has plenty to follow storyline-wise around the country.

Teams from four of the five Power Five conferences will be in action, though only Big Ten cross-divisional rivals Illinois and Indiana will be squaring off in conference play. All in all, there’s enough football to occupy two, three or even four screens given the loaded 7 p.m. kickoff slate. Night owls can enjoy coverage that will extend past midnight with TCU and Colorado playing into the early hours of Saturday morning.

Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the evening for college football coverage from the opening kickoff onward. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the best games on Friday of Week 1.

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Debating the Donovan Mitchell Deal



The Utah Jazz have exchanged star monitor Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as per various reports. The Cavaliers will send three players, three unprotected first-round picks and two pick trades consequently. The full announced breakdown:

Cavaliers get:

Donovan Mitchell

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Jazz get:

Collin Sexton
Lauri Markkanen
Ochai Agbaji
2025 first-round pick
2026 pick trade
2027 first-round pick
2028 pick trade
2029 first-round pick
The greatest return in the arrangement for Utah is free specialist Collin Sexton, who has consented to a four-year, $72 million sign-and-economic agreement to stay with the Jazz through the 2026-27 season, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Jazz have stacked up on future draft resources this offseason subsequent to exchanging the two its All-Star players Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Between the two arrangements, Utah has obtained seven first-round picks, three pick-trades and two players that were chosen in the primary round of the 2022 NBA Draft.

Cleveland, in the mean time, is hoping to fight at this moment. The 25-year-old Mitchell is one of the association’s first class scorers and his obtaining could put the Cavs, who dominated 44 matches last season with a youthful core, among the top groups in the stacked Eastern Conference.

There had been hypothesis for quite a long time that Mitchell could get moved, and it seemed the New York Knicks were the leader for him. Cleveland, in any case, took the action for the three-time All-Star.

Mitchell, who found the middle value of 25.9 focuses per game last season, will coordinate with All-Star point watch Darius Garland and he’ll cooperate with All-Star focus Jarett Allen and forward Evan Mobley, who had areas of strength for a season.

Good deal or bad deal for the Cavs?

Howard Beck: Great deal for Cleveland … albeit with a few, er, Cav-eats. (I am so, so sorry, but it was RIGHT THERE.) The Cavs were already an elite defensive team, thanks to Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. Now they have a dynamic one-two scoring punch in Mitchell and Darius Garland. This is potentially a top-five team in the East. But, well, the caveats. Mitchell and Garland are both high-usage, ball-controlling guards, the former a three-time All-Star, the latter a newly minted All-Star who just had his best season. They’ll have some chemistry to work out, but it’s a deal the Cavs had to make.

Chris Herring: Good deal, but I’m not sure yet whether it’s a great one. The Cavs took a huge leap forward with defense and Darius Garland being the unquestioned leader on offense. By adding Mitchell, Garland will see his ball-handling responsibility split, and Cleveland’s defense weakens. Of course there’s more potential upside on offense now. But Mitchell has to buy into what the Cavs have built on D.

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Robin Lundberg: Good deal. While Garland and Mitchell might not be a perfect fit defensively, Cleveland has a versatile piece on that end in Evan Mobley and a presence inside with Jarrett Allen. It was a core that could use more scoring and playmaking, and considering it isn’t exactly a destination franchise, putting the chips in when there was a player available makes sense even if Spida isn’t without flaws.

Chris Mannix: Good deal. The Mitchell-Garland backcourt is undersized, but that matters less when you have a pair of defensive monsters in Allen and Mobley protecting them. If Garland, Mobley and Isaac Okoro take another step, they will be a conference contender. The question is what happens next summer, when Mitchell is extension eligible? What if he rejects a three-year extension? Do the Cavs hold onto him? Or will they flip Mitchell, with two years remaining on his contract, for the best offer?

Rohan Nadkarni: Good deal! The Cavs aren’t in a position to go out and get a talent like Mitchell often. It’s a sensible swing, the price is what a top-25 player costs in the current NBA. When you add in Mitchell’s age and the three years left on his deal, it becomes an even better gamble for Cleveland. Mitchell, Garland, Allen and especially Mobley all have some room to grow. It’s a group that could become a contender if given enough time. Considering the Cavs had few routes to add this kind of talent—and didn’t give up any All-Stars to do so—I don’t see how it’s a bad move.

Good deal or bad deal for the Jazz?

Herring: OK deal. And seemingly not the best one they could have had. Was this a scenario where Ainge was trying to stick it to the Knicks, who played hardball with him? If they could have had a slew of New York’s picks, with similar protections and swaps, plus some of the Knicks’ young talent, I would’ve probably preferred that.

Nadkarni: Good deal, I guess. This is what it’s all about now. You’re either trying to win or you’re trying to amass as many draft picks as possible. If Utah can tank its way into Victor Wembanyama or some other blue-chip prospect over the next couple seasons, this move will have been worth it. If the Jazz can’t get a top lottery talent, I’m not fully confident those extra Cavs and Wolves picks will move the needle.

Mannix: Really good deal. Danny Ainge got what he wanted, a cache of draft picks to add to the other cache of draft picks Utah got for Rudy Gobert. They are in position to bottom out—say goodbye to Mike Conley and Bogdan Bogdanovic in the near future—which will put them in the mix for Victor Wembanyama, the prize of the 2023 draft and the kind of player the Jazz could never attract otherwise. It will get ugly next season, but that’s really Utah’s only way back to contention.

Beck: Decent deal. Collin Sexton is a proven scorer and shot creator. Ochai Agbaji is a solid scorer and defender who just went 14th in the draft. The picks are likely to be in the 20s. You rarely get full value when trading All-Stars in this league. (The Rudy Gobert haul was both a rarity and an unreasonable standard, as the Mitchell trade underscores.) But the Jazz got what they needed: lots of draft capital, good young players they can either grow with or trade and a guarantee of being bad enough to get a high pick next June.

Lundberg: Good deal. The Jazz probably did about as well as they were going to in selling off both Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. I don’t see a headline acquisition here so ultimately Utah’s end of the deal will be judged by how it uses the treasure trove of picks it acquired. That isn’t a haul that can be judged now, but moving on from a core that had reached its ceiling and stocking up for a rebuild was reasonable.

Good deal or bad deal for the Knicks?

Nadkarni: Bad deal. It’s not quite that simple, but if this was the price for Mitchell, I think the Knicks should’ve never signed Jalen Brunson and made this move instead. Or they should’ve swung the deal for three firsts anyway with the extra draft capital they amassed this summer. I’m not ready to bury Mitchell after his playoff struggles this year. And talents like him, at his age, aren’t available often. I think the Knicks should have done it.

Lundberg: Bad deal from this perspective: It at least appeared they had a star they could land who wasn’t against being there. So while I don’t think Mitchell was going to make them contenders, it is a tough sell to pass on the scenario just described given the recent history of the Knicks franchise. When will they have a chance to land a guy like that again?

Mannix: Good deal. The proposed Mitchell trade was the kind of deal previous Knicks administrations would have tripped over to make. That this one didn’t is a good thing. I have more thoughts on New York’s prudence here.

Herring: It’s hard to say good or bad without knowing precisely what was on the table. Mitchell was worth a haul of picks—and maybe even a couple unprotected ones—plus some of New York’s best young talent. It’s a bit stunning that the Knicks went this far down the road without getting a deal done, but if they can land a more balanced star than Mitchell with those picks in the future, this won’t be seen as a failure.

Beck: Well, sorta both. Let’s start with the bad: The Knicks had the chance to get an All-Star, a flashy, franchise-defining player with New York roots who wanted to play there, and … they whiffed. As constructed, they’re still a lottery team, and not particularly interesting. But here’s the thing: For all his talent, Mitchell isn’t good enough to make the Knicks a consistent winner. Even with him, they might not have made the playoffs this season. The East is that good! And the Knicks just don’t have enough talent. Is it worth mortgaging all those picks and players for an All-Star who only gets you to seventh place? Probably not.

Where do you rank the Cavs in the East now?

Mannix: I can see the Cavs anywhere from 4-6 next season. Remember: Cleveland was in the mix for a top-three seed before injuries derailed the second half of the season. Mitchell plus the organic growth from the rest of the roster should put the Cavs right back in that neighborhood. The Eastern Conference is tough — Boston, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Miami will be difficult to knock out of the top-five — but Cleveland has the talent now to at least compete with any of them.

Beck: They’re not as dominant as the Celtics or Bucks (the last two Eastern Conference champs), nor as talented as the Nets (yes, many caveats here), nor as proven as the Sixers. That leaves the Cavs battling with the Heat (most wins in the East last season) and the rising Raptors in that fifth through seventh tier. And I haven’t even mentioned the improved Hawks. (See what I mean? The East is tough!)

Nadkarni: At their absolute peak, the Cavs could be the third-best team in the East if things go sideways in Philly and Brooklyn. For now, I’ll say they have the fifth-best chance to represent the conference in the Finals.

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Herring: I think it’s feasible the Cavs finish in the top five or six, behind Milwaukee, Boston and Philly, if they’re healthy. As we saw at the end of last year, having both Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley healthy will be key, given how small the Cavs are on perimeter. But this trade isn’t necessarily just about this year. Cleveland’s core is young, and, if it jells, could be a force at some point.

Lundberg: I’d put the Cavaliers sixth but in the top tier with the Celtics, Bucks, Nets, Heat and Sixers. I’m not saying they couldn’t leapfrog one of those teams but the East is now very good and very deep. However, Cleveland is set up for some sustained success beyond what next season alone looks like.

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