Calm down, Knicks fans. This is only a rumor.
On Thursday, there was a strong rumor from Jack Settleman of Snapback Sports that stated a deal between the Knicks and Jazz was finished and Donovan Mitchell was headed to New York.
“I’m hearing deal was indeed done last night.”
As far as what the Jazz are rumored to be receiving, it is Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, and five first-round draft picks.
“I don’t know deal terms but the perceived trade from pieces gathered is:
5 firsts , Obi, Grimes & Fournier”
There have been other reporting that the Jazz asked the Knicks for more than the four to five first-round picks New York may have been offering. It was just earlier this week when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that a Mitchell trade may “take some time” to be put together.
“Utah and New York talked last week,” said Adrian Wojnarowski. “I think the Jazz got a sense of what New York might be willing to do. It’s not just one particular deal. I think there’s options. It’s almost like a sliding scale that the more players you put in a deal, the less draft picks you want to give up. The more draft assets you put in a deal, you want to put less players in.
“If you’re the Jazz, ‘I want the players and I want the picks.’ That’s where it starts.
“I think for the Jazz, they go out now around the league and see what else is out there for Donovan Mitchell. Get a sense of what the market is, what teams are willing to do.
“I think the Knicks and the Jazz will reengage here at some point. Maybe it’s this week. Maybe it’s next week. Maybe it’s in two or three weeks. The Jazz are not necessarily going to move quickly. The Rudy Gobert talks… that was over a period of time this summer and once Minnesota stepped up with the package they did, that was an easy deal for the Jazz to do.
“New York is motivated. They’re motivated to get Donovan Mitchell, but I think they’re also motivated to not just give up everything to get him. They’ve got four of their own unprotected first round picks. Now, people talk about seven or eight picks. I think a lot of those picks are conditional protected picks that are coming from places like Detroit and Washington. I don’t think the Jazz value those the way they do New York’s unprotected picks.”
The former Louisville star had another fantastic season, but the Utah Jazz once again came up short in the NBA Playoffs. They were the fourth seed in the Western Conference, and faced off with the Dallas Mavericks in the first-round of the NBA Playoffs.
They ended up losing the series in six games. In 2021, they had the best record in the entire league but lost in the second round of the NBA Playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Things changed this offseason when the team traded away franchise cornerstone Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves.