While it seems the Knicks brought an end to their trade talks with the Jazz for the time being, the sides could potentially reconvene yet again.
But things appear to be more complicated now, as the Knicks are finalizing a four-year contract extension with small forward RJ Barrett, as we relayed here. Barrett reportedly is a player the Jazz covet — but the contract takes him out of the running as part of a potential return for Mitchell.
Interestingly, the Jazz and Knicks talked Mitchell trade earlier this summer, then broke off the talks one time already, before circling back. So if they do indeed talk again, it will be for a third time, at least as it related to Mitchell.
Jazz CEO Danny Ainge could go a number of routes with Mitchell, and any of them make sense. Mitchell could still be traded to the Knicks, he could still be traded somewhere else, or he could remain in Utah, a scenario to which he is not opposed, per reports.
Still, given that talks with the Knicks supposedly are done for the time being, it is seeming more and more likely that Mitchell will return to the Jazz, at least for training camp. But this is the NBA, and there’s really no predicting what might happen next with Mitchell, the Jazz and the Knicks.
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. Along with the Knicks, he has been linked to the Wizards, Hornets and Cavaliers, though certainly others are interested.