August 24th 2022 at 7:48pm CST by Rory Maher
With Kevin Durant and the Nets agreeing to “move forward” with their partnership, Ryan McDonald of The Deseret News wonders whether the news might have an impact on the trade market for Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.
As McDonald observes, while it’s possible that some potential Durant suitors might turn to Mitchell instead, based on Utah’s return for Rudy Gobert, the team seems focused on a package centered on draft picks. Thus, the Knicks remain the most logical trade partner for Mitchell due to their ability to offer several first-rounders for Mitchell, according to McDonald.
Here’s more from Utah:
- Along the same lines, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune explores which potential Durant suitors might pivot to Mitchell, and what those teams could potentially offer in deals for Utah’s three-time All-Star guard. According to Walden, even if teams like the Raptors, Celtics, Suns and Grizzlies aren’t all-in on Mitchell, perhaps they might give the Jazz more leverage in negotiations with the Knicks, which might help facilitate a trade sending Mitchell home to New York.
- The Miller family announced in a press release that it is selling a share of its minority stake in the Jazz. In a separate story for The Salt Lake Tribune, a source tells Walden that the move was tied to the recent news that Arctos Sports Partners is becoming a minority shareholder in the Jazz, with the intention of bringing a third professional franchise to Utah. The Millers owned the Jazz for 35 years, but sold the team to Ryan Smith in 2020 while retaining a 20% stake in the franchise. However, the initial deal stipulated that the Miller family would eventually sell all of its shares to Smith’s ownership group, and now a portion has been sold off to Arctos, with the Millers making a nice profit, Walden writes.
- In case you missed it, the Cavaliers have reportedly “touched base” with the Jazz about Mitchell in recent days. You can find more details right here.