It is now almost confirmed: Donovan Mitchell is available on the market. No trades yet, but franchises are starting to make a few calls, including the Knicks. The latter are the favorites to recruit Spida, except that Danny Ainge is very greedy. A bit like Kevin Durant, not sure that the trade will see the light of day for a while.
It’s a bit of a sweep that is preparing for the Jazz, with many players who could leave in the coming weeks. The entire workforce would even be available according to some insiders, with a Rudy Gobert who has already left the ship. It must be said that after failures in the playoffs every year, a little change was needed in Salt Lake City. Donovan Mitchell could just be next.
No confirmation on a trade yet, but Danny Ainge currently picks up his phone to discuss the departure of the star, according to Shams Charania. Several teams are in on it, including the Knicks, who dream of getting Spida next season. Unfortunately for them, nothing is done, especially since it will be necessary to release a massive counterpart to recover the player.
The Mitchell trade to the Knicks already unlikely?
And for good reason, Ainge is not known to be restrained. Is Mitchell available? Yes for insiders close to Jazz, but don’t count on the manager to let him go for nothing. If New York really wants the player, the front office will have to let go of many assets. The kind that puts off a trade for weeks for hesitation, or can force a team to look the other way.
The Utah Jazz are looking to acquire a ‘majority’ of New York’s 8 first-round picks, per @andyblarsen
Utah is also looking to acquire pick swaps and a combination of Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride, and Cam Reddish pic.twitter.com/2EMaq5jEj4
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) July 14, 2022
The Utah Jazz are looking to salvage the majority of the Knicks’ first 8 available draft rounds. Utah is also looking to salvage pick trades for the future, and a combination that includes Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride and Cam Reddish.
If the Knicks attempt such a trade, the roster will be empty for next year, as will their future without the first-round picks. Donovan Mitchell may be an excellent player, is he really worth all that? The answer is no. Charania specifies that the talks could take weeks, or even longer if the positions do not move.
Unsurprisingly, the Jazz will be greedy to sell Donovan Mitchell. A real problem for the Knicks, who will probably not give in to this astronomical demand. It remains to be seen whether an agreement is possible otherwise. Otherwise, Spida would have to extend his stay in Salt Lake City.