NBA Rumors: Knicks Re-Engage In Trade Talks For Donovan Mitchell

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Ernesto Cova

Long before the Utah Jazz parted ways with Rudy Gobert, it was already known that the New York Knicks wanted to trade for Donovan Mitchell.

But we're deep into the offseason and just one month away from the start of training camp and there have been little-to-no updates.

That could change pretty soon, as Jazz and Knicks have reignited their trade talks, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

There's Nothing Imminent

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Both teams engaged in trade talks last week. However, there's still nothing imminent and multiple teams have also reached out to the Jazz:

"The Knicks and Jazz had a fresh trade conversation within the past week about potential packages for Mitchell, according to sources. There is no traction between the two teams on a deal, and no Mitchell trade is imminent for the Jazz," Charania reported.

They Want To Get A Deal Done

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The Knicks nearly pulled off a big trade during Summer League, but talks eventually stalled. Now, they're once again in a hurry to lure the Louisville product:

"Throughout trade talks, the Knicks have made their interest in Mitchell abundantly clear, one source with knowledge of the situation said," Charania added. "The Knicks and Jazz seriously discussed a Mitchell trade during the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League in mid-July, but talks stalled out and led to nearly a month of inactivity between the sides. Now, with training camp just over one month away, the sides have re-ignited talks."

There Are Still Hurdles

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The Knicks have more than enough assets to pull off a deal. Nonetheless, they'll have to meet a steep asking price, which is expected to be higher than what the Timberwolves paid for Gobert:

"Hurdles toward a deal remain. Utah has set a high price threshold for Mitchell, who so far is believed to be comfortable with either outcome of staying with the Jazz or being traded elsewhere," added Charania.

Utah Can Afford To Wait

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The Jazz are in no rush to get a deal done and are willing to wait until they find the better possible offer for their budding star:

"The Jazz have maintained they are comfortable keeping Mitchell into the season and potentially beyond, due to him having three years remaining on his contract," the report concluded.

Still, we expect these talks to ramp up in the next couple of weeks, as the word around the league is that the Knicks are willing to outbid every other team in the league.