The Miami Heat remains one of the best landing spots for 25-year-old Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell. Previously, Utah had “no intention” of trading and continuing to build around its franchise player. However, the door appears to be more open for Miami to facilitate a deal for Mitchell. On July 12, Adrian Wojnarowski added reports on the possibility that Utah has started to open up to deals.
“After previously shutting down investigations into All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell’s move, competing teams say the Utah Jazz are poised to listen to possible trade scenarios, sources tell ESPN.” Wojnarowski tweeted.
Featuring Heat’s connection to a potential Mitchell, a clip featuring Dwyane Wade responding to the question “D-Wade, you gonna bring Donovan to Miami?” and Wade replied, “Yes.”
It’s important to note that Wade’s response was rather soft. More of a tired answer than something you’d rather keep secret. Wade was signing autographs for fans during the NBA Summer League when the young fan popped the question. It’s hard to tell how much attention he’s given to this question, but if Wade is genuinely interested in helping Mitchell land in Miami, it would be both exciting and odd with Wade’s involvement in Mitchell’s Utah Jazz.
Wade was brought into the new Jazz ownership group shortly after Qualitrics founder Ryan Smith bought the team from the Miller family. Wade is frequently spotted alongside Smith at Utah games and looks forward to building something in Utah. Despite his jazz affiliation, however, Wade will always be a Heat lifer, and he knows more than anyone what playing for the Heat franchise could do for Mitchell’s career.
Wade was a valuable mentor to Utah’s triple All-Star even before he had any involvement with the team. Mitchell has drawn comparisons to Wade since his impressive rookie season when the two shared a similar style of play. Mitchell has an interest in the Heat and perhaps Wade could be the one to help push a deal between the two clubs.
Trading Mitchell to Miami is an interesting deal for Utah unless they bring in a third team. The trade would likely be highlighted by Tyler Herro, who while impressive, doesn’t seem to have the same impact as Mitchell. Gabe Vincent or even Duncan Robinson are other names that might be in the business, but that’s a lot of salary for a rebuild team. If the Heat includes picks in the deal, it’s something Danny Ainge in Utah is obviously prioritizing.
If the Heat manage to strike such a deal, they will almost certainly become the winners of such a deal. They would land a 25-year-old superstar who is very adept at creating his own shot, has really improved this season at creating shots for others, and would fit well into a team led by Jimmy Butler would fit. Mitchell would be a valuable piece for Butler as he continues to age and could be a superstar for the heat to build around. It’s definitely worth a look, and if Wade’s familiarity with the Heat will help seal a deal, so be it. It eases some of the hard feelings to see that he owns part of another team.