The New York Knicks are still the favorites to land Donovan Mitchell in a trade with Utah. The Jazz are asking for plenty of first-round picks — five of which are the number league sources told NBC Sports — as well as young players returning to the All-Star guard. The Knicks can achieve this with up to eight first-round picks they can trade, as well as young players like Quentin Grimes, Obi Tobin and Emmanuel Quakley.
However, the talks have dragged on while the two sides negotiate. Now comes a report of other teams making calls to Mitchell as well via Shams Charania from The Athletic.
Besides New York, several other bands have expressed interest in jazz when it comes to Mitchell, such as Washington, Miami, Toronto, Charlotte, Sacramento and Atlanta, according to sources.
Like Brooklyn, The Jazz Company has stuck to setting high standards for any potential Mitchell deal, and they expect to be patient throughout the process. For now, the Jazz team will continue to evaluate incoming calls and look for ways to balance their roster.
This sounds like a leak from Jazz Camp trying to pressure the Knicks into offering more on their show, “Look, we have all these other options.” Jazz CEO Danny Ainge is a patient negotiator who’s made teams compete against themselves before (hello Timberwolves!). However, whatever you think of the job Leon Rose did as Knicks president/decision maker, he was patient with a mistake and didn’t rush into deals. This is likely to happen here, so the Jazz team is trying to push the process forward.
The Heat has reportedly attempted to rank more selections to enter the trade, with its group based on Tyler Herro, although the Heat is said to be more focused on the Kevin Durant deal than the Mitchell deal.
It’s hard to see the other teams on this new roster come close to what the Knicks can offer. The Wizards can make multiple picks in the first round but don’t have junior players to trade outside of Rui Hatchimura and the just-drafted Johnny Davis (who was not liked in the Summer League). The Kings exchanged a lot of capital into win-win mode now, the Hornets didn’t have any great young players to move out of the untouchable lamillo ball (there’s Miles Bridges but the Jazz and other teams shun him after a domestic felony charge of abuse), and the Raptors have picks but they You wouldn’t put Scotty Barnes in the mix.
This is a race with the Knicks still on their way out in front of every other team, and the only question is the final trade package. It seems that both sides are still trying to put as much pressure as possible on those negotiations.