New York Knicks fans have another reason to salivate this offseason following the report that the franchise is going after Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. With the Jazz seemingly intent on further blowing up the roster after already sending Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, teams other than the Knicks should also be at least mentally preparing a trade package that would best entice Utah into sending Mitchell to them. Take, for example, the Miami Heat.
The Heat, still a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference, are reportedly eyeing Donovan Mitchell as well, but unlike the Knicks, don’t appear to have enough assets to take away the entire attention of Utah.
Miami has also expressed interest in Mitchell but has only two first-rounders able to be traded and a potential centerpiece in Tyler Herro, who is extension-eligible. Because of this, the Heat would likely have to engage a third team in a trade to supply the Jazz with the draft compensation needed for them to feel motivated enough to trade Mitchell.
As a team with a shallower draft capital, the Heat are going to need to rely more on the proven assets that they have. Jimmy Butler is obviously untouchable and makes zero sense as bait because that’s the player they’d want somebody like Donovan Mitchell to pair up with. Kyle Lowry still has two expensive years remaining on his contract. As mentioned by The Athletic, Herro sounds ideal as part of a package. Rookie Nikola Jovic could also be a name to watch out for.