After officially signing Jalen Brunson, the New York Knicks have not been silent. The Donovan Mitchell chatter isn’t new, however, since the Utah Jazz expressed their willingness to engage in trade talks for the three-time All-Star, things have heated up.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Knicks and Jazz have already begun engaging in trade talks (subscription required). Mitchell is represented by the CAA, which is coincidentally where Leon Rose is from. The guard is from New York and his father works for the Mets, Mitchell’s favorite MLB team. He grabbed a few games at Queens in the offseason.
Similar to Brunson, Mitchell has ties to the Knicks (including Johnnie Bryant). And since New York has eight tradable first-round picks, as well as a slew of young players, all eyes are on the front office. The Miami Heat are also a team to watch on Mitchell’s front, but they’re unable to make such a good offer.
If the Knicks got Mitchell, it would open the door for another star to possibly go to Madison Square Garden.
A trade the Knicks could make to bring Donovan Mitchell back to New York
The Jazz picked up Rudy Gobert from the Minnesota Timberwolves, which raised the stakes for a possible trade with Mitchell.
Minnesota sent Malik Beasley, Pat Beverley, Leandro Balmaro, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2025 first-round pick, a 2026 pick trade, a 2027 first-round pick and a 2029 first-round pick. at Utah.
Here is what Charania and Tony Jones wrote:
New York is motivated to give the Jazz a meaningful package. But the Knicks are wary, sources say, of giving the proverbial store to the Jazz. They’d like to come out of a potential deal with the front-end talent and depth to be a factor in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks won’t be able to scam Danny Ainge, but here’s a trade that could be made:
The Knicks get
2023 first-round pick (via Detroit), 2024 first-round pick, 2025 first-round pick (via Milwaukee), 2026 first-round pick, 2027 first-round pick
The Jazz are focused on stockpiling draft picks and adding young players to their roster as part of their rebuild.
Cam Reddish is a 2019 lottery pick and Quentin Grimes is a 2021 first-round pick. The latter showed promise during his rookie season in New York and is currently dominating the Summer League. If Grimes stays with the Knicks and a trade with Mitchell never happens, the 22-year-old could be the team’s starting point guard.
This trade would result in the loss of Grimes to New York, which would be a blow, but according to The Athletic, Utah is interested in the young wing. If New York can keep RJ Barrett and get Mitchell, that should be considered a win.
Although the two parties are engaged in trade negotiations, there is no rush for an exchange to occur.
Try to be patient. Mitchell is coming off the best year of his five-year career, averaging 25.9 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor. He would make the Knicks a playoff team, and hey, maybe he could finally make it past the first round.