Could Donovan Mitchell end up somewhere besides New York? Here’s what 6 other teams might offer the Utah Jazz

There’s been quite a lot of concentrate on a possible partnership with Donovan Mitchell and the New York Knicks — and rightfully so. The Knicks have been aggressive in pursuing the Utah Jazz’s guard, and Mitchell would like to play for the metropolis close to the place he grew up.

But the Jazz do not should commerce Mitchell to the Knicks. Utah has Mitchell below contract for 3 extra seasons and CEO Danny Ainge is understood for being affected person and ruthless in his dealings.

Other NBA teams are going to be thinking about buying the 25-year-old star scoring over 25 factors per sport. Indeed, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported this week that together with the Knicks, “a number of other teams have expressed curiosity to the Jazz on the subject of Mitchell, resembling Washington, Miami, Toronto, Charlotte, Sacramento and Atlanta, based on sources.”

The Jazz might discover a deal they like exterior of New York. Or they might even use that curiosity as a negotiating instrument, pushing the Knicks to boost their value with a view to buy the Jazz’s remaining star.

What might these provides seem like? Each should have three elements: future first-round picks to assist the Jazz’s future rebuild, younger gamers to entice the Jazz to make the commerce, and substantial sufficient participant contracts to behave as wage ballast to make the commerce authorized by NBA guidelines ( including up to $24.3 million, to get inside 80% of Mitchell’s $30.3 million deal).

Let’s see what every staff has to barter with:

Atlanta Hawks

Future picks: The Hawks simply traded three picks to the San Antonio Spurs for Dejounte Murray, however nonetheless have picks they might commerce to the Jazz for Mitchell. They might nonetheless transfer their very own 2023 first-round choose and their 2029 first-round choose. They even have Sacramento’s 2024 first-rounder, nevertheless it’s protected: 1-14 in 2024, 1-12 in 2025 and 1-10 in 2026.

Young gamers: The Hawks nonetheless have 4 gamers left on their rookie offers: 2019 No. 4 choose De’Andre Hunter, 2020 No. 6 choose Onyeka Okongwu, 2021 No. 20 choose Jalen Johnson, and 2022 No. 16 choose AJ Griffin. Hunter was beforehand reported to be of curiosity to the Jazz in Gobert negotiations. Okongwu is a promising, environment friendly heart.

Salary ballast: 24-year-old John Collins’ $23.5 million deal would nearly be sufficient to counter Mitchell’s wage by itself — he additionally qualifies as younger expertise that will curiosity the Jazz. Clint Capela’s $18 million for the subsequent three years ought to most likely be thought of a unfavorable at this level. Beyond that, Justin Holiday’s $6.2 million contract and Maurice Harkless’ $4.5 million contract may very well be useful in finishing a deal, however a commerce must wait till Aug. 30

Synopsis: The greatest query is “Why?” The Hawks have already got Trae Young and simply acquired Murray. … Why would the 6-2 Mitchell make sense in that backcourt? They probably inquired about Mitchell earlier than finishing the Murray commerce.

Charlotte Hornets

Future picks: Charlotte has already traded away its 2023 first-round choose — protected for picks 1-16 in 2023, 1-14 in 2024 and 1-14 in 2025. That means, because it stands, they can not commerce away their very own choose till 2027, because of the Stepien rule. (It is, nevertheless, simple sufficient to think about the Hornets sending the Spurs a small trinket to shorten the protections on the choose they’re owed, making it doable to commerce their 2025 choose as nicely.) They might additionally commerce away their 2029 choose . Finally, in addition they personal Denver’s 2023 choose, protected for 1-14 in 2023, 1-14 in 2024 and 1-14 in 2025.

Young gamers: 2019 no. 12 choose PJ Washington, 2019 No. 55 choose Jalen McDaniels, 2020 No. 42 choose Nick Richards, 2021 No. 11 choose James Bouknight, 2021 No. 19 choose Kai Jones, 2021 No. 37 choose JT Thor, and 2022 No. 15 choose Mark Williams. Truthfully, none of these gamers have set the NBA on hearth thus far. Would they actually entice Ainge and the Jazz?

Salary ballast: Well, there’s Gordon Hayward, making about $31 million for the subsequent two seasons. That may very well be attention-grabbing. Beyond that, there’s former Celtics draftee Terry Rozier at $21 million, Kelly Oubre at $12.6 million, and Mason Plumlee at $8.5 million.

Synopsis: There’s simply not rather a lot right here. The Hornets might conceivably ship out their three picks obtainable to commerce, the most variety of choose swaps, and their most attention-grabbing younger expertise … and it will most likely be a lesser return than what the Jazz acquired in the Rudy Gobert deal.

Miami Heat

Future picks: The Heat can at present commerce their 2023 and 2029 first-round picks. Beyond that, they owe their 2025 choose to the Oklahoma City Thunder — protected for picks 1-14 in 2025, then unprotected in 2026. If they wished to commerce their 2027 choose to the Jazz in a Mitchell deal, they might ship a small trinket to the Thunder to alter the protections.

Young gamers: 2019 no. 13 choose Tyler Herro, 2022 No. 27 choose Nikola Jovic, and undrafted contributors Gabe Vincent (26 years previous), Max Strus (26), and Omer Yurtseven (24). It’s a restricted record headlined by Herro, though Vincent and Strus had been playoff starters for the Heat to blended outcomes.

Salary ballast: Duncan (*6*) $16.9 million is the apparent candidate right here — nevertheless it’s for the subsequent 4 seasons. All of the other huge salaries the Heat have are crucial to their beginning lineup.

Synopsis: We’ve reported that the Heat have been aggressive in attempting to get Mitchell, however their very best offer is at present Herro, Jovic, Strus, Vincent, two firsts in 2023 and 2029, and choose swaps. That’s definitely not nothing, however you may perceive why the Jazz turned it down — and why many suppose the solely method a Mitchell-to-Miami deal will get carried out is that if the Heat can get a 3rd staff concerned from which to get long-term belongings .

Sacramento Kings

Future picks: Sacramento’s solely traded away one first spherical choose, their 2024 choose to Atlanta in the Kevin Huerter deal. But as a result of it is protected by 2026, it makes it inconceivable to commerce any of their other picks till 2028. They do not personal any other teams’ first-round picks.

Young gamers: 2018 no. 49 choose Chimezie Metu, 2021 No. 9 choose Davion Mitchell, 2021 No. 39 choose Neemias Queta, 2022 No. 4 picks Keegan Murray. It’s a surprisingly quick record, however Murray and Mitchell would headline the prospects.

Salary ballast: Harrison Barnes’ $18-million expiring contract would probably be concerned, however the transaction would get extra attention-grabbing if the Kings included Kevin Huerter’s $14.5 million or Richaun Holmes $11.5 million in the deal as a substitute.

Synopsis: An entire bundle of choose swaps with the Kings can be considerably interesting — however there’s an actual risk that even the lowly Kings would outperform the Jazz for the subsequent couple of seasons with out Mitchell. Keegan Murray performed extraordinarily nicely in summer time league, and can be one in all the greatest particular person skills the Jazz might get again in a deal. But these 2024 choose protections actually restrict the variety of picks the Jazz can get again in such a deal.

Toronto Raptors

Future picks: The Raptors have but to ship or obtain any future picks. Therefore, the most that the Raptors can offer are their 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029 first-round picks.

Young gamers: You would determine that 25-year-old OG Anunoby and 23-year-old Gary Trent Jr. can be components of logical returns for the Jazz. But the Raptors even have an array of youthful gamers that they might commerce: 2017 No. 17 choose DJ Wilson, 2018 No. 47 choose Svi Mykhaliuk, 2020 No. 20 picks Precious Achiuwa, 2020 No. 29 choose Malachi Flynn, and the greatest piece of all: 2021 No. 4 choose Scottie Barnes.

Salary ballast: In this case, it most likely is the contracts of Anunoby and/or Trent, making $17.3 million every, that will carry the deal from a wage standpoint.

Synopsis: The Raptors might offer the Jazz greater than primarily any other staff. But Barnes’ rookie of the yr efficiency might outweigh Mitchell’s worth on his personal. Would a deal together with Anunoby, Trent, a number of first spherical picks and choose swaps be sufficient for Utah? And, critically, would the Raptors be keen to try this deal, on condition that they might offer an identical bundle for the Nets’ Kevin Durant? The Raptors had been concerned in the Rudy Gobert negotiations, so it is clear that they’d like to accumulate a star, nevertheless it additionally seems they had been value-hunting.

Washington Wizards

Future picks: Ah, how protections can restrict a staff’s flexibility. Washington has solely traded away one first-round choose, their 2023 first-rounder. But the protections imply they can not commerce a first-round choose till 2028: the choose is protected for picks 1-14 in 2023, 1-12 in 2024, 1-10 in 2025 and 1-8 in 2026. Normally, you might be capable of shorten these protections if want be … however on this case, the choose is owed to the New York Knicks, who can be fairly unhelpful in serving to the Wizards get Mitchell.

Young gamers: The greatest younger participant the Wizards have is Kyle Kuzma, however he is already 27. Beyond that, there’s 2019 No. 9 choose Rui Hachimura, 2019 No. 39 choose Daniel Gafford, 2020 No. 9 choose Deni Avdija, 2020 No. 32 choose Vernon Carey, 2021 No. 15 choose Corey Kispert, 2021 No. 31 choose Isaiah Todd, and 2022 No. 10 picks Johnny Davis. It’s a cornucopia of principally disappointing picks so far.

Salary ballast: Kuzma’s $13 million deal would assist consummate a deal. Will Barton’s $14 million and Monte Morris’ $9 million can be choices as nicely, however would wish to attend till Aug. 28

Synopsis: Washington honestly has a dearth of tradable future picks and compelling younger gamers that will make sense in a Mitchell deal.

In the end, you may see why the Jazz might desire a cope with the Knicks: many of those teams do not have a bundle that will compete with even the minimal the Jazz might settle for in a Mitchell deal. If Toronto and Sacramento had been actually , they might maybe put collectively a bundle that will actually intrigue the Jazz. But other teams must purchase other sorts of belongings from other locations earlier than realistically consummating a deal.

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