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Realistic trade offer brings Donovan Mitchell to NY Knicks

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Donovan Mitchell’s possible move to the New York Knicks may be all the rage right now, but rumors of his march east have been circulating for some time. After all, Mitchell is a New Yorker, the CAA connection is in full effect, and the Knicks plucked his development guru Johnnie Bryant from the Utah Jazz back in 2020.

However, as the possibility of a deal between the Jazz and the Knicks teetering on the edge of reality, there are some clear obstacles preventing it from bearing fruit. Namely, Utah CEO Danny Ainge’s desire to get almost the entire New York youth contingent and something like 47 (or six) draft picks as a return package.

Consequently, the two sides appear to be in a kind of holding pattern, each waiting for the other to blink.

Meanwhile, Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey just floated a deal that would bring Utah a big profit without completely draining New York’s carefully curated wealth package.

For his recent exploration of possible summer moves, Bailey floated five trades that could still be executed before the teams reconvene for training camp in September. In doing so, the Hoops writer made it clear that he doesn’t see Ainge getting the kind of returns he wants in a Mitchell deal.

“The Jazz aren’t going to get the ‘everything but the Statue of Liberty’ package that’s been floating around the internet for the past few days,” Bailey said. “[Mitchell is] Well. He’s just not that good.”

With that in mind, Bailey proposes the following deal to bring Mitchell back to the Big Apple:

The list of players here is remarkably similar to what has been bouncing around in the basketball blogosphere. It’s worth noting, however, that RJ Barrett — who may or may not be a Jazz target given his upcoming renewal — Immanuel Quickley and Miles McBride are all staying in NYC with this proposal.

Additionally, the Jazz get four picks instead of six or more, one of which is a lottery-protected Washington Wizards pick.

Make no mistake: this is still a significant package for the Jazz, which as usual would have three shots for the Knicks to trip over, and convey something of serious — maybe even ridiculous — value. Also, Grimes, Toppin, and Reddish still have an incredible shot at becoming big pros.

However, the trade allows Knicks Prez Leon Rose to get his man without also completely emptying the coffers.

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Much has been said and written about Mitchell sharing a backcourt with Jalen Brunson, and there is no doubt that the Knicks would be behind defensively in such a scenario. One need look no further than the first-round playoff series the two had against each other in April.

In six games against Utah, Brunson averaged 27.8 points, 4.8 boards and 4.2 assists. Along the way, the Mavs offense purred to the tune of 116.9 points per 100 possessions as the point guard was down. While some of this can be attributed to Brunson’s incredible growth, he had a lot of support from Mitchell and Mike Conley who couldn’t slow him down at all.

During the 2021-22 season, this little duo similarly struggled against big, athletic backcourts. And the Knicks would almost certainly expect more of it if they paired the 6-1 Brunson with the 6-1 Mitchell.

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During the 2021-22 season, this little duo similarly struggled against big, athletic backcourts. And the Knicks would almost certainly expect more of it if they paired the 6-1 Brunson with the 6-1 Mitchell.

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