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.”