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Knicks Trade Rumors: NY Really wants to Keep Derrick Rose Amid Donovan Mitchell Buzz

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THE BRAND NEW York Knicks reportedly “wantto keep hold of” point guard Derrick Rose despite rumors his contractcould make a difference in the team’s quest for Utah Jazz shooting guardDonovan Mitchell.

Tony Jones of The Athletic reportedFriday on the HoopsHype podcast the Knicks and Jazz haven’t beenclose to an agreement on Mitchell throughout theoffseason, and that remains the case with several sticking points,including Rose being truly a “favorite” of head coach Tom Thibodeau andthe team’s hesitation to add young players on team-friendlycontracts.

NY has been probably the most frequentlymentioned possible landing spot for Mitchell, a three-time All-Star,but discussions have already been sluggish.

That’s actually been the case aroundthe NBA since the Minnesota Timberwolves paid a higher price,headlined by four first-round picks and a pick swap, to acquiredefensive cornerstone Rudy Gobert from the Jazz.

Now every front office must weighoffers for his or her players against that package, which also includedimpact veterans Patrick Beverley and Malik Beasley.

It’s no real surprise the Jazz would wantsomething similar for Mitchell. In cases like this, they’re targeting thelikes of Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes from theKnicks, per Jones.

NY has remained hesitantthroughout the offseason about going all-in to get a marqueename, though.

In mid-July, SNY’s Ian Begley reportedthe Knicks’ front office was concerned “there wouldn’t be enoughleft on the roster to field a contending team” if it paid a king’sransom for a new player like Mitchell.

The main element question could be whether theJazz are totally centered on starting a full-scale rebuild, whichwould receive another boost from the monster return for Mitchell, or ifthey’re OK keeping him as the roster reconstruction continues.

Jones reported it is the latter, atleast at the existing stage.

“They don’t really feel like they will have totrade Mitchell or are obligated,” he said on the HoopsHypepodcast. “They don’t really feel an urgency to trade him. They think theyhave multiple roads back again to being the team these were a couple of ofyears ago.”

There also isn’t contract pressure,as Mitchell’s deal runs through 2024-25 with a new player option for2025-26.

Therefore the Jazz come in a posture wherethey can demand interested teams pay their price, therefore far theKnicks haven’t shown a willingness to spend the that lots of assets.

For Rose, he’ll be ticketedfor an inferior role this year following free-agent signing ofJalen Brunson to perform the team’s offense, but he could still providevaluable minutes off the bench while being truly a mentor for the team’syoung players.

The 2010-11 NBA MVP is entering thefinal guaranteed season of his three-year, $43.6 million contract,although Knicks hold a club option for 2023-24.

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