It seems Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks has legs. That that is greater than a pipe dream.
Simply over 24 hours after phrase leaked that the rebuilding Jazz had been listening to affords on the three-time All-Star guard, The Athletic reported on Wednesday evening that the Knicks have engaged Utah on Mitchell, and whereas the Jazz are nonetheless speaking to different groups, the Knicks have turn out to be the “centered vacation spot” in latest days.
On paper, this can be a no-brainer.
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Mitchell is a difference-maker at solely 25 years of age. He’s a New Yorker who understands the stress that comes with enjoying for the Knicks, and is repped by CAA, the company president Leon Rose as soon as ran.
He even has a relationship with the most recent Knick, Jalen Brunson, as a consequence of a typical shut good friend, NBA free agent Eric Paschall.
However connections alone gained’t get it carried out this time, not just like the courtship of Brunson, a free agent from the Mavericks. To land Mitchell, it’s going to take a haul. That might imply franchise constructing block RJ Barrett and different younger gamers, akin to Quentin Grimes. It possible means a number of first-round draft picks.
As a lot as Rose and the Knicks might want Mitchell, the value could possibly be exorbitant.
Keep in mind, the Jazz lately acquired 4 first-round picks (three unprotected) and a decide swap from the Timberwolves for Rudy Gobert, a stable participant however not as valued as Mitchell.
In addition they landed high quality gamers Patrick Beverly, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt, together with the twentieth total decide on this 12 months’s draft, heart Walker Kessler, within the blockbuster deal.
The Knicks do personal 11 first-round picks over the following seven years, and the Jazz are reportedly curious about accumulating draft picks.