Donovan Mitchell, Knicks Linked in NBA Trade Rumors as Jazz Start Making Calls for Star

According to rival clubs, the Utah Jazz are “showing a willingness to listen on hypothetical trade situations” involving star player Donovan Mitchell, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on Tuesday.

Following up on that claim, Tony Jones of The Athletic noted that the New York Knicks are anticipated to be among the most active bidders for Mitchell.

According to Woj, the asking price “appears to be excessive, but in light of Utah’s recent Rudy Gobert blockbuster deal to Minnesota, the Jazz are no longer merely ignoring requests on Mitchell, sources claimed.” Such a transaction won’t be inexpensive for the Knicks.

Walker Kessler, the No. 22 overall selection in 2022, Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, three unprotected picks (2020, 2025, and 2027), and a top-five protected pick from Minnesota in 2029 were acquired by the Jazz in exchange for Gobert.

The Jazz will be hoping to recoup a huge deal for the three-time All-Star given that Mitchell (25), who is five years younger than Gobert (30), is under contract for three more seasons (with a player option for a fourth season in 2025), and is probably a better player than Gobert.

What’s in it for the Jazz?

The Jazz will be hoping to recoup a huge deal for the three-time All-Star given that Mitchell (25), who is five years younger than Gobert (30), is under contract for three more seasons (with a player option for a fourth season in 2025), and is probably a better player than Gobert.

RJ Barrett’s status as an immovable object or one of the players New York would be prepared to go with would likely be the first sticking point in any prospective negotiations between the Knicks and Jazz.

No lack of other contracts exists for the Knicks to return to the Jazz in order to meet Mitchell’s $30.3 million salary for the upcoming season, Barrett included or not. Financially speaking, players like Obi Toppin ($5.3 million), Cam Reddish ($5.9 million), Derrick Rose ($14.5 million), Evan Fournier ($18 million), and young talents Immanuel Quickley ($2.3 million) and Quentin Grimes ($2.2 million) may be utilised to sweeten the deal.

Getting back a sizable amount of draught cash coupled with fascinating young players will be the objective since the Jazz would be in the midst of a complete rebuild if they part ways with Mitchell. In terms of draught capital, the Knicks now possess all of their own first-round selections in addition to those that they have purchased from other clubs.

New York, the wait is over!

In addition, Jalen Brunson and Donovan Mitchell’s backcourt would undoubtedly delight Madison Square Garden’s spectators.

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