While Kevin Durant has been grabbing the headlines, all has been quiet on the Donovan Mitchell trade front.
That all changed this week, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
“After several weeks of no conversations, the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz recently re-engaged in trade talks centered on Donovan Mitchell, league sources tell The Athletic.
The Knicks and Jazz had a fresh trade conversation within the past week about potential packages for Mitchell, according to sources. There is no traction between the two teams on a deal, and no Mitchell trade is imminent for the Jazz, sources said.”
Mitchell is under contract through the 2024-25 season.
Earlier this year, it was reported the Jazz wanted Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride, and six first-round picks for Mitchell. The Knicks “backed away” from that offer. The next report also stated the Knicks had shown “no interest” in parting ways with RJ Barrett in a trade for Mitchell. The Duke product averaged 20.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game during the 2021-22 campaign.
New York has always been the clear frontrunner for a Mitchell trade because it has the first-round picks Utah seeks. Mitchell, 25, is coming off his third consecutive All-Star season where he averaged 25.9 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.2 rebounds.
Are the Knicks willing to offer a little more? Are the Jazz willing to take a little less?