NBA Rumors: Utah Jazz Re-Engage in Donovan Mitchell Trade Talks

The Utah Jazz made a notable change this offseason when they dealt their All-Star big man, Rudy Gobert, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. At the time, reports indicated that Gobert’s departure would lead to the Jazz revamping the roster to complement the team’s other All-Star, Donovan Mitchell.

But at this point, it’s become clear that no one is untouchable in Utah, not even Mitchell. Last month, the Jazz fielded calls about Mitchell and reported he was available at the right price. After seeing the type of assets they could land for Gobert, Utah explored similar packages for Mitchell.

For a team like Philadelphia 76ers, they could not afford the original asking price for Mitchell because they lacked project assets. In fact, only the New York Knicks have ever been linked to Donovan Mitchell, as they appear to be one of the few teams that can afford to trade for the young All-Star.

Scroll to continue

As talk between the Jazz and the Knicks heated up in July, the conversations quickly died down. Tuesday, Shams Charania of Athleticism reported that these talks had resumed recently.

The latest on the Knicks’ interest in Mitchell

“After several weeks without conversations, the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz recently resumed trade talks centered on Donovan Mitchell, league sources told The Athletic.

The Knicks and Jazz had a new trade conversation over the past week about potential packages for Mitchell, sources say. There is no traction between the two teams on a deal, and no Mitchell trade is imminent for the Jazz, sources said.

The Knicks definitely need another star. Although it looked like New York was on the right track two seasons ago when they clinched the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, they fell back and failed to make the playoffs. playoffs the following year.

A player like Mitchell would certainly bring a spark to the Knicks, but he won’t be acquired at a discount. Considering the Jazz are set to enter the 2022-23 season with Mitchell on the roster, they don’t feel any urgency to move him. So unless the Knicks feel desperate to land him, Mitchell likely won’t join the Eastern Conference anytime soon.

Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports Illustrated channel. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.

Ada J. Kenney