The Jazz aren’t determined to trade Mitchell it seems. Far from it. Instead, they appear to be only willing to listen to offers, as relayed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Previously, they weren’t even willing to do that.
Fischer compared the Jazz-Mitchell dynamic with what once took place with the Rockets and James Harden, currently of the 76ers.
“Perhaps this dynamic will be similar to the Rockets’ positioning during the final months of James Harden’s tenure in Houston, when the Rockets turned down offers for P.J. Tucker and made other moves to convince Harden to stay,” Fischer wrote. “Harden would later request a trade from the franchise before that year’s trade deadline.”
Mitchell has been linked to the Knicks and Heat, as we relayed here. But again, it seems like they are seeking an offer they can’t refuse.
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. Without question, the Jazz are sure to take plenty of calls and have lots of conversations during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas this week.
“Change is inevitable in the NBA,” Jazz GM Justin Zanuck said at a press conference over the weekend. “I’m not trying to be cryptic or anything else, but Donovan is on our roster and he’s a very, very important part of what we’re trying to do.
“Things evolve in the NBA, so I couldn’t sit here and say anybody is [untouchable]. We’re trying to build a championship team, but there’s no intent [to trade Mitchell], at all.”
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