Donovan Mitchell trade rumours: Jazz listening to offers for star goaltender, Knicks set to sue, reports say

The Utah Jazz have changed course and are now showing a willingness to listen to trade offers for All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. For the past few weeks, the Jazz have been telling teams Mitchell isn’t available, but that’s no longer the case.

“Change is inevitable in the NBA,” Jazz general manager Justin Zanik said in a Saturday press conference, via ESPN. “I’m not trying to be cryptic or anything, but Donovan is on our roster and he’s a very, very important part of what we’re trying to do. Things are changing in the NBA, so I couldn’t stay here and say someone is [untouchable]. We’re trying to build a championship team, but there’s no intention [to trade Mitchell]at all.”

Earlier this month, the Jazz made a blockbuster trade that sent Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, No. 22 pick Walker Kessler and four first-time picks. round – three of which are unprotected in 2023, 2025 and 2027.

That trade, among other moves such as parting ways with longtime head coach Quin Snyder and trading Royce O’Neale to the Brooklyn Nets for a first-round pick, seemed to signal that a rebuild was coming to the club. Utah. However, in order to completely tear things down and start over, they have to trade Mitchell as well. While the Jazz are still a bit coy, it looks like it will now happen sooner rather than later.

The question, however, is which team will be willing to pay the price? Mitchell is coming off a disappointing playoff performance, but he’s still a three-time 25-year-old star player who finished 13th in the league with 25.9 points per game last season. The Jazz are going to set a high price, especially after the haul they got under the Gobert deal. At least one highly rated young player and draft picks would seem like a likely starting point.

One possible destination for Mitchell is Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks have been tied to custody on and off for the past few years and are expected to work out an offer, according to Tony Jones. After leaving the lottery and signing Jalen Brunson in free agency, the Knicks signaled they wanted to be competitive and get back to the playoffs. A Brunson-Mitchell backcourt would be intriguing, and the Knicks have the project capital and prospects to make a compelling offer.

Another team to watch is the Miami Heat, who have expressed interest, by Ira Winderman. They could really use one more goalscorer to go along with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, and we know Pat Riley is still aggressive. However, Riley doesn’t have a good relationship with Jazz president Danny Ainge, and it’s unclear if a deal centered on Tyler Herro – Miami’s top young trader – would be enough.

Whether Mitchell ends up in New York, Miami or elsewhere, the fact that two teams have already been identified as contenders is an indication that he’s got a lot of interest in the league. And for good reason. Players of his age and with his abilities don’t become available very often.


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