The New York Knicks already made a splash this summer, signing Jalen Brunson to a $110 million deal. But, they could be looking to make even more noise. The Utah Jazz is reportedly listening to offers for franchise star Donovan Mitchell and the Knicks are at the top of the list as one of his potential landing spots. After all, Spida hails from New York and scouts from the organization did watch him in the playoffs.
However, an assistant GM spoke to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report and gave an idea of what the Knicks would need to give up in order to actually pull off a blockbuster for Mitchell:
“New York can offer some combination of multiple picks, R.J. Barrett, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley, and that’s probably the benchmark any team is going to have to beat in order to get Donovan Mitchell from the Jazz,” one assistant general manager told B/R.
Understandable. But, it would be absolutely foolish for the Knicks to part ways with RJ Barrett, who is coming off his best season yet. Plus, they’re currently in negotiations with him about a new extension. Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin? Okay, maybe. But, New York should be making it clear that Barrett is absolutely off-limits.
Perhaps some draft picks, Quickley, and Toppin would be enough for Utah to strike a deal? It remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain, the Jazz is on the brink of a fire sale and the Knicks are hoping to benefit. Bringing in a player like Mitchell would undoubtedly make Tom Thibodeau’s group a contender in the East. There is no question about it.
We’ll see what materializes.