Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz appear to be headed for divorce.
Although Mitchell is entering just the second year of a five-year, $163 million contract, he has made it something of an open secret that he would be open to a change in scenery.
The Jazz, similarly, have indicated that for a Rudy Gobert-esque haul they would be willing to part ways with their talented guard.
At this point three frontrunners have emerged for Mitchell’s services.
“After several weeks of no conversations, the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz recently re-engaged in trade talks centered on Donovan Mitchell, league sources tell The Athletic,” NBA insider Shams Charania reported this week.
“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, sources said. The Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards are also among the teams pursuing Mitchell, those sources said.”
All three of these teams would provide an interesting fresh start for Mitchell.
New York seems to make the most sense from a personality fit perspective, though it’s unclear what the pairing of Mitchell and Jalen Brunson would look like. Ditto for the Washington Wizards, who already have Bradley Beal.
The Hornets may actually be the best fit for Mitchell on paper, but he has yet to express any actual interest in going to Charlotte. And if the small market nature of Utah was a turnoff for him, it’s hard to see how the Hornets are much better in that regard.
Mitchell was also seen as a Plan B for at least one team in the event that they couldn’t acquire Kevin Durant, but nothing has materialized on that front yet.
At least Christian McCaffrey is healthy enough for this. https://t.co/MIf5Zxi9Ir
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 16, 2022
The next few weeks promise to be interesting. If a deal is going to happen for Mitchell before the start of the 2022-23 season, it’ll likely happen sooner rather than later.
If nothing come together, then there is a good chance that Mitchell will spend next year with the Jazz.