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Donovan Mitchell Trade Rumors: Knicks, Jazz at Stalemate Over Unprotected Draft Picks

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The Utah Jazz and NY Knicks have reportedly reached a roadblock in negotiations over a trade for star point guard Donovan Mitchell.

Marc Berman of the NY Post revealed the main one issue which has slowed the trade discussions between your two teams.

“In accordance with sources, Jazz president Danny Ainge and Knicks president Leon Rose are in a Donovan Mitchell stalemate over really one thingthe quantity of ‘unprotected’ first-round picks in the package,” Berman wrote.

The Knicks made a slew of progresses the night time of the NBA draft last month to stack multiple protected future first-round picks. However, Berman noted that protected draft picks aren’t enough to pique Ainge’s interest.

Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic reported previously Monday that the Knicks have an ongoing offer up for grabs of Evan Fournier, Obi Toppin and five future first-round picks, two which are unprotected. But that was not enough to entice the Jazz, who reportedly would like a far more substantial haul for Mitchell.

“A source told The Post Ainge is after four unprotected first-round picksnot just two,” Berman wrote. “Thats no small gap.”

Berman added that Ainge “doesnt have many strong preferences on the players returning, though shooting guard Quentin Grimes certainly is on top of his list.” NY is reportedly also unconcerned concerning the exact player exchange, however the front office is hesitant to stop its draft picks.

In accordance with Berman, the Knicks believe “should they give up the complete farm of first-rounders, they’ll be hard-pressed to create another significant trade to create them a championship contender.” The franchise is confident a potential backcourt duo of Mitchell and Jalen Brunson will be enough to influence another star player to become listed on them.

It remains to be observed if NY is ready to quit future assets to shift to “win-now” mode.

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