The Knicks are not throwing in the towel for Donovan Mitchell
The New York Knicks recently reached a renewal agreement with RJ Barrett for the next 4 seasons and a total of 120 million dollars, which made it seem that they were throwing in the towel for Donovan Mitchell. However, sources close to the New York Post They assure that Leon Rose will continue trying for the still star of Utah, and is currently combing the market in search of a third team that will facilitate the transfer operation.
Just as the Knicks are always on everyone’s lips when it comes to rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers are too, and this time it is the team that sounds the loudest to participate with those from Salt Lake City.
- From New York they would offer Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish and/or Miles McBride plus two first rounds with no protections.
- From LA it would be his first two rounds of 2027 and 2029, as well as the salary (expiring) from Russell Westbrook, and perhaps Kendrick Nunn and Wenyen Gabriel to match salaries.
- And from Utah, of course, Donovan Mitchell plus other supporting players, such as veteran Rudy Gay and Jordan Clarkson.
Both the Shorts as the Jazz have been involved in negotiations since the beginning of the summer, as well as other teams interested in Mitchell, such as the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. Danny Ainge’s high expectations are no open secret. In addition to young players, he is asking for up to five first rounds without protection.
On the other hand, at the last minute the journalist Shams Charania leaked a desperate offer from the Knicks in which he would have offered RJ Barrett before renewing him plus two first ones without protection, to which Ainge replied that he wanted three without protection. The resounding “no” could be heard from China, and later the renewal of the Canadian was reached, as Adrian Wojnarowski announced in the scoop.
With Randle, Robinson, Brunson and Barrett, the Knicks practically close their backbone for next season at the expense of what happens to Mitchell’s future. To date they have shown that they are not going to go crazy, and the negotiations will continue, at least, until the next 2022 preseason begins, and even at the start of the next 2022-23 regular season.
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