Knicks Still Favored to Land Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell
The NBA offseason has appeared to stall out. NBA front offices and free agents are currently in a wait-and-see mode as big-name players such as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell await their futures, which would change the outlook of the league.
Of the four, the one who appears most likely to switch teams is Mitchell. The Utah Jazz and New York Knicks were deep in trade talks around Mitchell before those stalled out, but the two teams are likely to resume those discussions.
There was also a report from the Salt Lake Tribune saying Mitchell would sign out of Utah his first chance in 2025. If true, there’s more incentive for the Jazz to trade him.
Knicks Favored to Land Mitchell
At DraftKings Sportsbook, the Knicks are the favorite to land Mitchell for the 2022-23 season at –225 with the Jazz having the second-best odds at +200.
The teams were reportedly close to a deal in mid-July, but Utah’s asking price was too steep for New York. Utah was seeking six of New York’s eight tradeable first-round picks and the team’s impactful young players, Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Miles McBride and Obi Toppin.
Utah has moved on from its core that has lost in the first round of the playoffs in three of the past four years, including last season to the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz traded starting wing Royce O’Neale to the Brooklyn Nets for a first-round pick before sending All-Star center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for four first-round picks, a pick swap and Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler and Jarred Vanderbilt.
Trading Mitchell is the next logical step in Utah’s rebuild, and given the latest report that Mitchell is not likely to stay past 2025, a move to get something in return for the All-Star guard benefits the organization instead of letting him walk for nothing. Moving Mitchell would give the Jazz more capital for executive Danny Ainge to rebuild the team into a contender as he just did with the Boston Celtics.
Mitchell has yet to request a trade, but his actions would point to him being comfortable with the Knicks. He’s spent most of the offseason in New York this year, and his skills trainer, Chris Brickley, owns and operates a gym in the city.
The Miami Heat (+350) are the only other team with odds shorter than +1000 currently listed on DraftKings to land Mitchell. There hasn’t been near the amount of trade discussion with the Heat compared to the Knicks, but the Salt Lake Tribune did report Miami as a team Mitchell is reportedly interested in.
The Nets (+1000), Charlotte Hornets (+1200) and Washington Wizards (+1400) are the next three favorites to trade for Mitchell, but nothing serious has developed from those organizations.
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