The New York Knicks are still seen as a pioneer for the services of Utah Jazz defender Donovan Mitchell, but trade talks have slowed considerably.
Across the NBA, teams are waiting for a big domino to drop, and whether it’s Kevin Durant or Mitchell. There are many teams that can also use the products Mitchell offers and his commercial market may be stronger than Durant’s due to the possible lower asking price.
The Brooklyn Nets are looking for big bucks in exchange for their star, and that could be a big part of what’s holding back trading there. As for the Jazz, it looked like many teams were getting ready to go, and Utah accepted them.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports there are six teams interested in buying Mitchell, and the Miami Heat are among those names.
Of all the teams concerned, the Heat seem most poised to win the championship with Mitchell, so the Knicks want to avoid that prospect if possible, and The Athletic’s Fred Katz believes it’s doable. .
In an August 8 article, Katz demonstrated how the Knicks could beat any offer the Heat made, including an “all-in” offer.
Everything is clear
At this point, it would be a shock to those around the league if the Knicks end up not teaming with Mitchell, should the Jazz decide to trade him.
Heat’s biggest trading chip will be Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro, and to be fair, that’s a big one. Here’s the full Miami proposition that Katz would consider their “all-in” offer to Mitchell.
- Duncan Robinson
- Tyler Herro
- Nikola Jovic
- 2023 first pick (unprotected)
- 2027 first round swap (unprotected)
- 2028 first picks (unprotected)
- 2029 first round swap (unprotected)
For the Knicks to beat that, they’ll be able to bring in even more options and more young players. No one on the Knicks offer is at Herro’s level, but they seem to have no problem creating that foundation elsewhere.
“Three first-turn undefended (including those from 2027 and 29, who are the most valuable) along with a few first-rounders from other teams and a possible prospect win this for the Knicks,” Katz wrote. “If not, they can include one of the first-round entrants from other teams or another player and still have space.”
Will the transaction happen?
At this point, the Jazz must already know well what the various packages for Mitchell look like across the league, so what are they waiting for?
For now, it’s hard to say what a hang up is. On July 29, Charania reported The two sides have “stagnated” in their negotiations.
“For now, sources tell me that negotiations between the Jazz and the Knicks around the sale of Donovan Mitchell have stalled,” Charania said. “I’m told there’s been no contact between the two parties for about two weeks.”
There could be many reasons for that to happen, so fans will just have to wait and see how things play out in the coming weeks and months.
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