Report: Donovan Mitchell To Knicks ‘Ship Has Sailed’

According to NBA insider Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Donovan Mitchell getting traded to the New York Knicks “ship has sailed.”

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Mitchell is expected to sign an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. 

“The Knicks have always prioritized the flexibility of being able to trade for a star,” Scotto said. “That’s why they have a boatload of draft picks and flexible contracts they can include in deals. Bondy, to your question about who that star would be, let’s get this out of the way: The Donovan Mitchell to New York ship has sailed.”

Mitchell wanted the Utah Jazz to trade him to the Knicks in 2022. However, the Jazz sent him to the Cavaliers. 

Mitchell can sign a four-year, $208 million extension this offseason. He is under contract for next season and has a $37 million player option for 2025-26.

Mitchell averaged 26.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists this season while shooting 46.2% from the field, 36.8% from beyond the arc and 86.5% from the free-throw line.

The Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs in seven games but lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round in five games. 

Mitchell has career averages of 24.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists with the Jazz and Cavaliers. He scored a career-high 71 points last season against the Chicago Bulls.

“A league-wide expectation only grows that Mitchell will sign a contract extension with the club that acquired him from Utah back in September 2022,” NBA insider Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports reported. 

“Several rival executives believe Donovan Mitchell will sign an extension with Cleveland,” Scotto reported. “The belief is Mitchell, who just completed his seventh season, will sign a max extension for at least the next three seasons, which would put him at 10 years of service and eligible for more money on his next contract due to CBA rules.”

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