Although Utah jazz star Donovan Mitchell seems interested in joining the New York Knicks, Utah’s high asking price may prevent that from happening.
Donovan Mitchell has dominated potential trade talks all summer, and with the Jets finally cooling down on trade talks with Kevin Durant, Mitchell is the summer blockbuster New York wants to see.
Knicks fans have a pretty good feeling Mitchell could be it were on their way, especially with the extensive ties Mitchell shares with his hometown. But for that, jazz would have to lower its price.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported what the Knicks offered the Jazz for Donovan Mitchell: Obi Toppin, Evan Fournier, cash, two unprotected first-round picks and three protected for a total of five. Jazz refused.
Corresponding The New York Post, a source revealed that Jazz President Danny Ainge is after four unprotected first-round picks instead of just two. It’s a high price the Knicks have to pay to add Donovan Mitchell to their ranks.
Jazz wants the Knicks to call four first-rounders for Donovan Mitchell
Inside reports suggest the heist is less about the players involved and more about the costly picks. Apparently, Ainge is interested in shooter Quentin Grimes and the Knicks want to pair Jalen Brunson with Mitchell.
But if the Knicks trade away all of their first-rounders, it will ruin any chance the team has of using Brunson and Mitchell to attract another superstar.
The Post’s Marc Berman delved into what would and wouldn’t work for the Knicks, thus constructing their specific proposal. The Knicks would prefer to trade Toppin to Julius Randle, who finished the All-NBA second-team.
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau would also consider letting go of Grimes to complement Brunson and Mitchell with RJ Barrett.
That being said, the fumbling between the ideal player combination comes later. The question now is whether the Knicks are willing to sell their future for Mitchell or the Jazz are willing to come down from their sky-high demand.
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