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Donovan Mitchell Trade Rumors: Knicks Offered Jazz RJ Barrett, 3 1sts, More in July

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THE BRAND NEW York Knicks offered the Utah Jazz a package of three players, including RJ Barrett, and three unprotected first-round picks for shooting guard Donovan Mitchell once the two teams began trade talks in July, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

In the beginning of trade talks in July, NY offered Utah a Donovan Mitchell package including RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Mitchell Robinson and three unprotected first-round picks, sources tell ESPN. Jazz rejected offering and Robinson signed a $60M extension to remain w/ NY. https://t.co/3eDg2Mf7f1

That obviously didn’t arrived at fruition, and Mitchell is currently a Cleveland Cavalier following the Cavs engineered a blockbuster trade for the three-time All-Star.

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Full trade: Utah is trading Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland for Lauri Markkanen, Ochair Agbaji, Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks and two pick swaps, sources tell ESPN.

Mitchell, 25, averaged 25.9 points and 5.3 assists per game this past year.

The Jazz trading Mitchell to the Cavaliers rather than the Knicks leaves all three teams on very different paths.

Utah is in full-on rebuilding mode after dealing its two stars in Mitchell and Rudy Gobert for a treasure trove of picks and players.

The Knicks appear to be they will be in contention for the playoffs after adding guard Jalen Brunson on the offseason, but adding Mitchell may have given them another boost.

However, the Knicks won’t mortgage their future by going all-in for Mitchell. They are able to now develop their young players and keep increasing the roster making use of their own first-round picks. Championship contention doesn’t appear coming, however the Knicks at the very least look like going in the proper direction for once.

The Cavs might have been an improved landing spot for Mitchell regardless. Cleveland made the play-in tournament this past year with a 44-38 record. The Cavs have a good core having a couple of All-Stars (Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen), a large man who’ll be one shortly (Evan Mobley) and a Sixth Man of the entire year candidate in Caris LeVert.

Now they’ll use Mitchell, who would likely turn the Cavs into an Eastern Conference title contender.

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