Knicks, Heat Expected Donovan Mitchell Suitors

The Knicks are among the teams expected to pursue Donovan Mitchell now that the Jazz appear to be making him available, per Tony Jones of The Athletic.Donovan Mitchell

That said, Utah is believed to have set an asking price for Mitchell that is “sky high,” Jones added. And the Jazz aren’t exactly determined to move Mitchell.

Rather, they more or less seem willing to at least listen to offers. They supposedly weren’t before.

And as Jones relayed, the Knicks perhaps have the type of assets to make the conversation interesting.

As is always the case when it comes to these types of trade rumors, the Heat have also been linked to Mitchell, with Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and draft picks being floated as the return.

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. 

But for now, it’s all speculation. Several reports have suggested that the Jazz are more likely to keep their star guard and continue to try to build the roster around him, especially after the trade of Rudy Gobert to the Timberwolves.

“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.”

Mostly, the entire league seems to be on hold as team executives look to see what becomes of Nets star Kevin Durant and his trade request.

Once the Durant situation is resolved, teams will be more likely to know who and what is available in exchange for players such as Mitchell.

Hoops Wire will have more on this story as it develops, so keep it right here.

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