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NY Knicks consultant Gersson Rosasformerly the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolvestook the lead in negotiations with the Utah Jazz for Donovan Mitchell, in accordance with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
Per that report, Knicks president Leon Rose “apparently trusted Rosas with the negotiations, also it became obvious in the last couple of weeks that the Knicks were in the driver’s seat to obtain Mitchell, a fresh York native who wished to play for the Knicks.”
Washburn added that “Rose and [Jazz CEO Danny Ainge] didn’t speak through the negotiations, in accordance with industry sources.”
Instead, it had been the Cleveland Cavaliers who swooped in and acquired Mitchell once the Knicks and Jazz couldn’t consent to terms, quitting Collin Sexton (who decided to a four-year, $72 million sign-and-trade), Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three first-round picks and two first-round pick swaps.
That may surely be considered a disappointment for Knicks fans, because the team continues to find its first true star because the Carmelo Anthony days. You will have a lot of blame to bypass, with Rosas reportedly being overlooked to dry first.