Last update on Donovan Mitchell Trade Front remains no update.
Utah still want to trade Mitchell, and the Knicks remain the clear leader because they have a first-round pick that the Jazz are looking for, but the sides aren’t close and the Utah are willing to keep Mitchell for the season rather than settle for less than their asking price. price. And that asking price is more than four (actually five) first round picks they got in Trading Rudy Gobert.
Tony Jonesauthor of jazz beats for The Athletic, joined Michel Scotto on Friday’s Hoopshype podcast and gave just this update:
I don’t think the two sides are close. I don’t think they were close. We’ll see what happens when the training camp urgency kicks in. The Jazz want what they want, which is a choice from this deal, and they need young guys on short or rookie contracts. By definition, it’s Toppin, Grimes, and Quickly… the Knicks don’t want to unload. Derrick Rose. He has long been a favorite of Tom Thibodeau. I know the Knicks want him and Grimes. These guys are the priority… I have a feeling right now that this probably won’t happen in the near future. The two sides are not close. I think that if this happens, then closer to the training camp or the beginning of the season. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll see what happens closer to the February deadline.
There should be some pressure on the Jazz around training camp because despite all the picks they got in the Gobert trade, Utah’s most valuable asset in recovery is her own first-round player. To put it more bluntly, if the Jazz want to play Victor Wembanyama next June, they need to lose a lot of games. Saving Donovan Mitchell – and Mike Conley, jordan clarkson, Patrick Beverley and other veterans – on the list will mean victories.
But Danny Ainge is not the type to be rushed. He’s playing the long game, and if that means waiting for the start of the season – when the Knicks might stumble in the deep East and get a little desperate – he’ll be waiting. Perhaps a three-team trade with the Lakers will even gain a second life. (although this is more of a foresight).
Two more interesting notes from Jones in the podcast. First, he said the Heat didn’t have the assets the Jazz needed and weren’t close to a deal (although you might argue like Ira Windermanwhat trades for Tyler Herro and then flipping him can give Utah two more first goals, Jones suggests that Utah is not interested in that extra step). Secondly, he said that the Jazz did not have the courage to involve Julius Randle as part of the deal. So keep him out of your trading machine’s attempts to make this trade.
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