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Knicks Discusses Mega Multi-Team Blockbuster: Report

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The New York Knicks may have failed in their attempt to take on perennial All-Star Donovan Mitchell this summer, but that’s not to say they haven’t tried hard to facilitate a trade.

Seemingly throughout the off-season, the rumor mill churned on this particular topic, and their shoot included reports and rumors of lofty trade offers and demands being made by both New York and the Utah Jazz.

Out of Proposals that would have sent RJ Barrett to Salt Lake City On Danny Ainge’s reported desire to acquire more than seven first-round picks, the news cycles have continued to provide updates on the negotiation process between these two parties.

And though the Mitchell Sweepstakes are all wrapped up now, as he was eventually ceded to the Cavaliers on September 1styet new reports are emerging of just how intense the Knicks’ pursuit of the guard was.

According to a Sept. 16 article authored by The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Jovan Buha, prior to Cleveland’s acquisition of Mitchell, New York was discussing a four-team trade idea with Utah, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Charlotte Hornets.

According to the report, an initial concept would have included jazz wing Bojan Bogdanović and Hornets guard Terry Rozier en route to Los Angeles.

Although this mega deal would never go anywhere, Amick and Buha noted in their article that the Lakers and Jazz are still in touch, with Los Angeles reportedly interested in acquiring Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson and Malik beasley

Ever since the Jazz shipped their former All-Star to Cleveland, fans and media pundits alike have been working tirelessly to figure out what might be next on the New York Knicks agenda.

And while many ideas have surfaced during that time, one of the more popular hypothetical alternative routes that many believe the franchise could take is finding a way to spend the remaining four years, $117 million, on Power Forward Julius remains to relieve Randle’s contract, and the Hornets are often seen as a realistic trading partner in such a scenario.

A rising team with playoff ambitions after knocking on the door last season with a 43-39 score from 10 seeds, Charlotte, who has remained rather inactive this summer, is believed to be an ideal player for the 27-year-old big man the price should be right.

Despite being the eighth youngest team in the league, led by 21-year-old budding superstar LaMelo Ball, it seems this ball club will have to do whatever it takes to weather its six-year post-season drought of 2022-23 as the starry running mate for their point guard.

By trading for Randle, the Hornets would have more than 20 points per game over the past five years, who just two seasons ago was considered the NBA’s most-improved player and finished in the top 10 of the league’s MVP race while they fill their vacancy on the starting position of the power forward along the way.

Aside from the long-term financial flexibility it would give them as to why a deal with Charlotte might work for the Knicks, splitting up with Randle would also give third-year power forward Obi Toppin an opportunity to take the starting position in the lineup of Tom Thibodeau, a role the former lottery winner has only found success in.

In his first interview as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Donovan Mitchell spoke enthusiastically about his new team with ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, but also made a startling admission about how he originally thought the Sweepstakes would end this summer.

When Windhorst asked the Star Guard how close he thinks to being sold to the Knicks, he was very forthright with his answer.

“Very close,” Mitchell said. “I won’t say more, but I know a little bit more than most. Definitely very close.”

Mitchell then went on to say that while he didn’t return to his native New York state, he was “very excited” to find out he’d been traded to Cleveland.

The 26-year-old joins a young core in Cleveland made up of fellow All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, rising star Evan Mobley and highly talented 28-year-old winger Caris LeVert.

“Very close,” Mitchell said. “I won’t say more, but I know a little bit more than most. Definitely very close.”

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