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THE BRAND NEW York Knicks have “reengaged” in trade foretells acquire Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz, in accordance with Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic.
Regardless of the new discussions, Charania and Jones note there’s “no traction” on a deal, and a trade isn’t imminent. Mitchell is reportedly comfortable either staying or going this offseason, as the Jazz will be happy to retain him with 3 years remaining on his contract.
As well as the Knicks, the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards have reportedly inquired about Mitchell.
Utah was seemingly headed for a large rebuild this offseason after trading Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The three-time NBA Defensive Player of the entire year led the team in win shares in each one of the last six years, per Basketball Reference.
It’s one of the changes for the Jazz this offseason, including head coach Quin Snyder stepping down and being replaced by Will Hardy.
Mitchell may be the close to go, adding the kind of young assets and draft capital that will assist create a contender down the road. Marc Stein reported the Jazz want seven of the Knicks’ eight future first-round picks within a potential trade.
However, Utah can keep Mitchell and build around him.
The three-time All-Star has averaged at the very least 20 points per game in all of his five seasons, scoring 25.9 points per game this past year. Still just 25 yrs . old, he could end up being the face of the franchise with Gobert no more around.
Opposing teams also start to see the chance for building around Mitchell, needless to say, and will continue steadily to pursue the star guard.
The Knicks have already been probably the most aggressive, and Fred Katz of The Athletic reported this month that “nobody is coming near them” when it comes to offers for Mitchell. The business has just one single playoff appearance within the last nine years and must turn things around following a disappointing 37-45 record in 2021-22.
Adding Mitchell alongside RJ Barrett and Jalen Brunson will make the Knicks a feared team in the Eastern Conference, even though it comes at a substantial cost in a trade.