” It’s inevitable“. This is the adjective used by NBA leaders quoted by ESPN about the arrival of Donovan Mitchell at the Knicks. The Jazz back has always dreamed of wearing the New York franchise jersey, the city where he was born and where he made his first dribbles. That’s where his dad is a Mets manager, and according to The Athleticdiscussions began between the Jazz and the Knicks.
According to our colleagues, the Jazz has been in contact with several teams for several days, but the Knicks seem to be the preferred destination to the point that the two parties have discussed for 24 hours the framework of an exchange. To convince Utah, New York has eight future first rounds of Draft, including four recovered in exchanges, but also some young talents. Thus Quentin Grimes would be one of the players who interest the Jazz. The names of RJ Barrett or Evan Fournier are not mentioned, even if it is difficult to see how the Frenchman could stay if Mitchell arrives.
On the other hand, we learn that the Jazz does not exclude either to separate from Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley or even Jordan Clarkson. Teams have called the Jazz for those three players, and Utah won’t take them if the offer is attractive.
” We were above the luxury tax. No draft picks, and our team lost in the first round recalled Danny Ainge on Saturday. ” There was no fun for us. We want the public and the players to have fun, but we didn’t have the flexibility to do anything for a little while… »
To find pleasure and a communion with the public, Ainge has already separated from Rudy Gobert, and he could therefore send Mitchelle to the Knicks. The strategy is clear: imitate the Grizzlies and bet on a reconstruction around young talents with the youngest coach in the NBA at the helm, Will Hardy. The Knicks have what it takes to satisfy them.
More than the Heat who also positioned themselves. The Athletic evokes a “package” built around Tyler Herro but Miami has only two first rounds of Draft to offer. Pat Riley could look for a 3rd team with Draft picks to convince the Jazz, but the Knicks have a head start.