NBA Rumors: Knicks Could Land Donovan Mitchell Without Giving Up Too Much

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Ernesto Cova

It's not a secret that the New York Knicks want to trade for Donovan Mitchell. He has strong ties to Leon Rose and the organization, and there's no way the Utah Jazz will hold on to him after trading away Rudy Gobert.

So, it's not a matter of if Mitchell will be traded but when he'll be gone. And, with the Knicks owning a plethora of assets to pull off a deal, you better believe they're lurking in the shadows.

Multiple Teams Want Him

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According to The Athletic's Fred Katz, Mitchell will gauge league-wide interest, so it's not like the Knicks won't face any competition for his services:

"The Knicks are one team that’s been linked to Mitchell, but there are more. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported six organizations not located in New York — the Non-Knicks Six — that have expressed interest in the three-time All-Star: the Wizards, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks," wrote Katz.

Mitchell Is The Knicks' To Lose

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Nonetheless, as much as other teams could want him, the Knicks have what it takes to outbid them in nearly every case scenario:

"Over the past few weeks, I’ve written or said or thought some variation of the following line countless times: the Knicks’ B-level offer is better than most of the other suitors’ A-level offers," Katz explained.

Knicks Have Plenty To Offer

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The Jazz would certainly want more NBA draft picks than what they got from the Gobert trade. Notably, the Knicks could trade up to eight of those:

"The Jazz want five or six or seven first-round picks, as well as young players. The Knicks own all of their firsts as well as four from other teams: the Wizards’ in 2023, the Detroit Pistons’ in ‘23, the Dallas Mavericks’ in ‘23 and the Milwaukee Bucks’ in ‘25. All of those are protected," explained Katz. "They can deal up to eight first-rounders, including up to four unprotected ones."

They Don't Need To Bet Against Themselves

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So, the Knicks could use Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, and/or OBi Toppin alongside some picks to land Mitchell without having to give up another potential franchise cornerstone in RJ Barrett:

"Offering, say, five first-rounders, some of them protected, along with one young player wouldn’t come close to meeting the Jazz’s asking price. But at the same time, some teams in the running couldn’t even beat that," Katz concluded.

So, it seems like Mitchell heading to the Big Apple is inevitable.