Another huge name still on the market, Donovan Mitchell still appears likely to be headed to the Knicks if he does get traded, though even those talks, which should be cut and dry, appear to have slowed down lately.
According to Charania, league sources believe Utah and New York remain far apart in trade talks for Mitchell:
The Knicks’ asset pool — up to eight first-round draft picks and young players such as Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin — gives them a clear opportunity to acquire Mitchell, but sources say talks so far have moved slowly and the sides are far from an agreement. With three years guaranteed remaining on Mitchell’s contract, the Jazz are not operating with a sense of urgency and have the time to evaluate the best offers for the 25-year-old.
Jazz shot caller Danny Ainge knows the Knicks have a treasure trove of draft assets, so the slowplaying may have to do with Ainge trying to get as many first-round picks for Mitchell as possible.
The Knicks aren’t the only team in on a Mitchell deal, however, with the Heat, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks also having expressed interest in Mitchell, according to Charania.
It remains to be seen if Mitchell will be on the Jazz in 2022-23, but knowing Ainge, he won’t deal him unless he gets a bounty of draft assets similar to what he got in the Rudy Gobert trade.
Let’s see if the Knicks, the presumptive Mitchell favorites, bite here.
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