Jazz CEO Danny Ainge Likes Multiple Donovan Mitchell Offers

Two teams other than the Knicks have made trade offers for Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell that Utah head of basketball operations Danny Ainge says he likes, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.Danny Ainge

Along with the Knicks, the Hornets, Wizards and Cavaliers are all said to also have an interest in Mitchell. The Cavs have actually had talks with the Jazz on a Mitchell deal in recent days, as we relayed here.

As for the Knicks, per several outlets, the Jazz have warmed up to the idea of taking back RJ Barrett in a potential deal for Mitchell. Utah previously did not have an interest in Barrett, per reports.

Either way, with Nets star Kevin Durant deciding to stay put, the trade talk around the NBA has now shifted to what’s next for Mitchell and the Jazz. Surely, more teams than what we’ve listed either have or wil soon contact Ainge.

Mitchell, 25, is 6-foot-1 and has spent his entire career with the Jazz. He averaged 25.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 67 games last season. While the Jazz are open to keeping him, it is seeming less and less likely he will return to Utah.

“The Jazz are known to be looking for a package of young players, as well as multiple first round picks in exchange for Mitchell,” RealGM noted, citing The Athletic’s Shams Charania. “The Knicks would very likely have to include Fournier or Derrick Rose in a trade for Mitchell, as they would be required for salary-matching purposes. The holdup from there becomes how many picks New York will include in a deal and which young players out of the group of Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes and Immanuel Quickley.”

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  1. Is Mitchell that much better than Sexton? We would still be stuck with a small backcourt. I didn’t know Mitchell was only 6’1″.

    • Spider is not better than Sexton on paper. In fact, he is less efficient. I suggest he has more value for minimal reasons , one obviously not being hurt and two; really just got more shine and love as a star playing with better teammates and making the playoffs than Sexton who was basically a tank commander that had to play with players younger and less ready for the pro level competition like Garland and Okoro as starters next to him.Sextons vets were either digruntled to be on a rebuiulding team or were hurt all the time. Last season the Cavs showed with getting the shot callin Rubio to play with a healthy Love fortified a bench unit that rivals the best in the game. Once that fell off so did the teams winning ability. But the real kicker was obviously losing Allen aka the lob floater threat that turned DG into an allstar before he lost it then he turned into another Sexton or Spider as a score first guard and mostly in losing efforts because at that point just like Sexton lacked around him Dg only had the Rookie Mobley who was suddenly having a lot more responsibility himself with Allen out.But still way more than Sexton ever had to help.
      I think Sexton Mitchell DG all the same types of scoring abilities except Garland has to make up for his lack of explosiveness at the rim and questionable mid range by using high level playaking which the other two dont have. But Sexton has had to score with a defense always focussed squarely on him and Mitchell has never faced that level of attention outside of the playoffs where he choked.

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