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Donovan Mitchell

Report: Lakers, Knicks, Jazz discussed blockbuster 3-team trade

Donovan Mitchell looks on

Jan 16, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks remain interested in finding a way to acquire Donovan Mitchell, and it sounds like the Los Angeles Lakers may be able to help them with that.

Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reports that the Knicks have discussed a potential three-team trade scenario with the Lakers and Utah Jazz. The proposed deal involved Mitchell going to the Knicks and Westbrook landing in Utah, though Westrbook’s contract would be bought out. The Jazz are set on acquiring as many first-round picks as possible for Mitchell, and the idea would be for them to receive a plethora of picks from New York and the Lakers.

As for the Lakers, the scenario would see the Jazz send them at least two players from a group including Patrick Beverley, Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Malik Beasley. L.A. also has interest in Knicks forward Cam Reddish, according to Scotto.

The conversations about a three-team trade are said to have taken place weeks ago, so it’s unclear where they currently stand. While the Knicks remain the favorite to land Mitchell, at least two other teams reportedly entered the mix recently.

2 surprising teams have reportedly entered Donovan Mitchell sweepstakes

Donovan Mitchell warming up

Dec 7, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) warms up prior to their game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks appear to have lost their exclusive negotiating rights for Donovan Mitchell.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday that Mitchell trade talks between the Knicks and the Utah Jazz have stalled, adding that there hasn’t been contact between the two sides in about two weeks. Charania also says that the Jazz are continuing conversations with other interested teams, including the Charlotte Hornets and the Washington Wizards.

The Hornets and Wizards, two Southeast Division rivals, are both surprising suitors for the three-time All-Star Mitchell. The former does not have many young upside pieces to offer (besides the all-but-untouchable LaMelo Ball), and the latter already has a franchise shooting guard in Bradley Beal (who has a full no-trade clause).

It is also possible that this is a leak from the Jazz camp for leverage and to try to drive up the price on the Knicks. But even so, there may be one big hurdle standing in the way of any potential Mitchell trade to New York.

Knicks’ pursuit of Donovan Mitchell trade could have major roadblock?

Donovan Mitchell looks on

Jan 16, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks’ chances of landing Donovan Mitchell may be starting to fade like Marty McFly’s family photo.

In an episode this week of his “Please Don’t Aggregate This” podcast, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer revealed that the Utah Jazz are not interested in Knicks star RJ Barrett as part of a Mitchell trade.

“I’ve heard pretty consistently the Jazz don’t really have much interest in trading for RJ Barrett and paying for him,” said Fischer, per HoopsHype.

That could be a major problem for the Knicks if the Jazz do not want to take back Barrett. The 22-year-old is New York’s highest-value young player and averaged 20 points per game last year with suffocating defense. But Utah’s stance makes sense since Barrett is eligible for a hefty rookie extension, one the Jazz, who are in payroll disintegration mode, may not want to give him.

We recently heard the Knicks were getting frustrated with Utah for trying to bleed them dry in Mitchell trade talks. If the Jazz are not interested in a key piece the Knicks have to offer, that could further complicate the situation.

Jazz team store sparks Donovan Mitchell speculation with latest move

Donovan Mitchell warming up

Dec 7, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) warms up prior to their game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Donovan Mitchell has been a fixture in trade rumors for a good part of the NBA offseason. Even the Utah Jazz team store is not helping matters at this stage.

Sports anchor Sam Farnsworth of Salt Lake City news station KSL 5 shared an image to Twitter on Friday of a clearance rack at the official team store. The rack includes a whole host of Mitchell jerseys, and there is even a sign that labels the rack as being for “former players.”

The Jazz are getting completely new uniforms for next season, so there might be some incentive to get rid of the old stock. Still, that is a pretty cheap deal for a relatively new jersey with a star player’s name on it.

All the same, this is probably just a mistake. Mitchell has not been traded either officially or reportedly. He probably won’t be moved for several weeks, if at all. Still, this would not have been the first time that an apparel shop accidentally broke some big transaction news.

Report: Knicks frustrated with Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge smiles

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The New York Knicks have strong interest in trading for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. But apparently Danny Ainge is driving a hard bargain.

Ainge, who is helping to lead a makeover in Utah, got four first-round picks (five if you include Walker Kessler) and several players in a trade with Minnesota for Rudy Gobert. His price tag for Mitchell reportedly is six first-round picks.

According to former Salt Lake City radio host Tim Montemayor, the Knicks are frustrated with Ainge’s strong negotiation approach.

Montemayor suggests the Jazz are not in a rush to trade Mitchell and therefore a deal involving the guard may not be imminent.

Whether or not the Jazz are looking to trade Mitchell has been in question. The team dealing away Royce O’Neale and Gobert indicates they are stockpiling draft picks. It wouldn’t make much sense to keep Mitchell while trading away these other top players. But if Ainge believes he has the leverage to wait out the Knicks or any other team, he’s probably right. The Knicks have been targeting Mitchell for quite some time and have more pressure on them to make a deal than Ainge.

For what it’s worth, it’s not Ainge’s job to have other teams like him; it’s his job to do what’s best for his team. When it came to the Gobert trade, he got a ton.

Report: Knicks believe they can keep 1 key player in Donovan Mitchell trade

Donovan Mitchell warming up

Dec 7, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) warms up prior to their game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

RJ Barrett is considered one of the New York Knicks’ most valuable trade assets in their pursuit of a superstar player, but they are reportedly confident they can keep the young guard in one potential blockbuster deal.

Sources told Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer that Knicks personnel are confident they could land Donovan Mitchell in a trade with the Utah Jazz without giving up Barrett. Part of the reason for that is that Barrett is openly seeking a max contract extension, and the Jazz may not want to give him one.

The Knicks are loaded with first-round draft picks and can offer up to eight of them in a trade. Utah will also want some talented players in return, and Barrett certainly falls under that category. The former No. 3 overall pick has improved in each of his first three NBA seasons. He averaged 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists across 70 games last season.

New York has been viewed as the most likely landing spot for Mitchell. If the Jazz do not insist on Barrett being part of the deal, that could increase the chances of a trade coming together.

Report reveals expected timeline for Donovan Mitchell trade

Donovan Mitchell warming up

Dec 7, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) warms up prior to their game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

We now have a better idea of how long the Donovan Mitchell tango may last.

Shams Charania of The Athetic spoke this week on NBA TV about the trade talks between the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks on the Mitchell front. Charania said the expectation is that this is “a dance that plays out over the next two-to-three weeks or the rest of the offseason,” according to Knicks writer Tommy Beer.

The Knicks, who are jacked to the bone with assets, are widely viewed as the frontrunners for Mitchell, who is a New York native. Other top contenders for the multi-time All-Star have reportedly encountered certain issues in their pursuit of him.

For now, the Knicks have balked at Utah’s gargantuan reported asking price for Mitchell. The specifics of a deal may depend on what else happens on the NBA trade chessboard (such as with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving). But it sounds like this is shaping up to be a summer-long staring contest between the two teams.

Report: Knicks balked at massive Donovan Mitchell asking price

Donovan Mitchell looks on

Jan 16, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are viewed as possibly the only team in the NBA that has the assets to trade for Donovan Mitchell, but that does not mean they are willing to part with all of those assets.

During an appearance on ESPN700’s “The Drive” with Spence Checketts this week, Tony Jones of The Athletic revealed that the Jazz offered Mitchell to the Knicks in exchange for a massive haul. Utah asked for Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride and six first-round draft picks. Jones says the Knicks “backed away” from the proposal.

The Knicks can offer up to eight first-round picks in a blockbuster trade, but they obviously do not want to do that. Utah got four first-round picks plus players from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Rudy Gobert. They expect an even greater return for Mitchell, but that does not mean they are going to get it.

Any team that acquires Mitchell would have to wager their future on the three-time All-Star. The Knicks have been looking to land a superstar player for years and have swung and missed on several top free agents. You can’t blame Danny Ainge for trying to take advantage of them, though it has not worked … yet.

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Heat having issues in trade discussions for Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell warming up

Dec 7, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) warms up prior to their game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are looking for ways to make a big splash on the trade market, but they have run into some obstacles that may be difficult to overcome.

The Heat have been involved in trade discussions for both Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Miami has yet to propose a trade for Durant that the Brooklyn Nets would consider. The reason for that is that the Heat have not come up with a way to meet Brooklyn’s asking price while also being able to assemble a championship-caliber roster around Durant and Jimmy Butler. Those same issues have probably come up in any talks they have had with the Utah Jazz about Mitchell.

Utah may not be interested in what the Heat have to offer, anyway. Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Thursday that the Jazz want the Heat to involve a third team in any potential trade talks for Mitchell.

The Jazz appear to have reset the trade market when they traded Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a package headlined by Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley and four first-round picks. Utah probably wants even more than that for Mitchell, and the Brooklyn Nets certainly expect a greater return in any Durant deal.

There is one team that seems to have the assets that would be needed to acquire a player like Mitchell or Durant. It remains a strong possibility that neither player is moved.

Report: Jazz talking with Knicks about Donovan Mitchell trade

Donovan Mitchell looks on

Jan 16, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There has been one team favored to land Donovan Mitchell in a potential trade for over a year, and they are in the thick of trade talks.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Tony Jones reported on Wednesday night that the New York Knicks have engaged with the Utah Jazz on trade talks for Mitchell.

The Knicks have numerous draft picks they can use in a trade package for Mitchell. The Jazz would not only want a boatload of picks for Mitchell, but a player like Quentin Grimes could have interest to them.

The Jazz have already traded away Rudy Gobert to Minnesota in a massive deal that included players and four first-round picks. Utah reportedly is making everyone available in potential trades. They have numerous players on their roster who would be desirable trade pieces, like Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley and Jordan Clarkson.

A potential Mitchell-to-New York trade might hinge upon whether or not the Knicks would be willing to give up one player.

Mitchell is entering the second season of a five-year deal worth $163 million.