After the Utah Jazz traded Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the basketball world is patiently waiting for team CEO Danny Ainge and company to trade Donovan Mitchell.
At the moment, the Jazz have indicated that they will not trade Mitchell. However, according to NBA insider Marc Stein, Ainge being in control suggests that such a trade is possible. Utah falling in the first round may have given him enough of a reason to blow up the roster.
I wish I had a dime for every time a rival team executive told me in the wake of Utah’s humbling first-round exit to Dallas that they suspected new Jazz CEO Danny Ainge was secretly pleased to have all the justification he needed to dismantle the whole roster.
“We all know Danny loves to blow things up,” said one peer.
As Brian Windhorst famously explained on ESPN’s First Take, Ainge is in a position to pull the plug for Utah. He executed his most well-known trade with the Brooklyn Nets, sending team icons Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett away, as he rebuilt the team and hired a new coach.
Although there are reports that the Jazz aren’t listening to offers for Mitchell, there are also reports indicating the opposite. Everything has to be on the table for them. Although trading Mitchell, a young star with at least three more years on his contract, may not be what they want to do, they may have to capitalize on his value now. If he officially requests a trade, his value will be driven down.