NBA rumours: Could the Sixers afford Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell?

The Utah Jazz are open for business this offseason. Once the Jazz season ended in May, it was rumored that the team’s top two stars, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, could be heading for a breakup.

While Gobert and Mitchell shrugged off the rumors, it all came true. Gobert was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a whole bunch of players and picks. After the standout center was dealt, it was rumored that Utah would revamp the roster and build around Mitchell.

Fast forward a few weeks later, and it may not be. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPNthe Jazz show a willingness to listen to business scenarios regarding Mitchell after previously closing all investigations in the past.

As a result, Mitchell became one of the most prominent players in the trade market by becoming an established All-Star at the age of 25.

Should the Sixers be interested in Mitchell?

At the start of the offseason, there were talks of Daryl Morey star-hunting this offseason. While the Sixers signed a few players in PJ Tucker and Danuel House when acquiring De’Anthony Melton via trade, they haven’t exactly landed a star.

With Mitchell’s availability, he fits the description of what the Sixers might be looking for, as he’s a three-time All-Star who has averaged 23 points in his first five years in the NBA.

It’s unclear if the Sixers are still on the hunt for another star to partner alongside Joel Embiid and James Harden, but if they’re interested in Mitchell they might not even be able to afford him. .

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What is the cost ?

The Jazz proved one thing this offseason; they like to pile draft picks with their hit trades. In the Gobert case, the Jazz received five draft picks and a 2026 trade. Now it looks like they want to acquire more interim assets as part of a potential deal for Mitchell.

According to Tony Jones of Athleticism, it could cost six first-round picks and several young players in exchange for Mitchell. It is widely recognized that the New York Knicks may be the only team with the capital to make such a trade with Utah, and they would have refused negotiations which started so high.

If draft picks are the Jazz’s priority, count the Sixers. Next season, the 76ers don’t have a first-round pick and won’t pick in the first-round again until 2024. Their next first-round pick won’t come until 2026. Then they won’t have a first-round pick in 2027 i.e., according fanspo.

Of course, the Sixers could try to move several young veterans in Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey, as well as veteran forward Tobias Harris. Still, it’s unclear if either team is willing to explore that kind of deal.

On the Utah side, they might not consider themselves immediate contenders, so prioritizing players like Harris over picks might be a setback. As for the Sixers, they are very fond of Maxey, and prior reports have deemed the rising young star nearly untouchable.

Mitchell would be a stellar addition to the Sixers, but landing him is highly unlikely as the 76ers lack the ideal draft capital for the young All-Star.

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


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