August 18, 2022

When the Utah Jazz agreed to commerce Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, it raised one apparent query: Is Donovan Mitchell subsequent? The Jazz may ultimately select to fully rebuild their roster, however doing so doesn’t look like on the group’s speedy agenda.

Utah is saying that it doesn’t intend to commerce Mitchell, in response to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, and Mitchell hasn’t requested to be despatched elsewhere. There have been rumors that the Jazz may commerce each stars since Utah suffered one other early postseason exit within the 2022 NBA playoffs.

The Jazz have reportedly turned down presents for Mitchell, as Utah tells groups that it plans to construct across the star guard.

The return that the Jazz acquired in trade for Gobert has prompted hypothesis that Utah is able to tank. Utah acquired a haul in trade for the three-time Defensive Participant of the 12 months, however the crew’s probabilities of competing for a championship decreased considerably. The Minnesota Timberwolves despatched the Jazz 4 first-round draft picks because the centerpiece of the deal.

 

 

The Jazz additionally traded starter Royce O’Neale to the Brooklyn Nets for a 2023 first-round choose, one other signal that they is perhaps wanting towards the long run.

Mitchell is 25 years outdated and beneath contract for 3 extra seasons. Averaging 23.9 factors per sport for his profession with three-straight All-Star appearances, Mitchell would additionally command a number of first-round picks in a possible commerce.

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The Jazz have made the playoffs with a top-six document within the West in all 5 of Mitchell’s NBA seasons. If Utah isn’t a postseason contender through the 2022-2023 season, the guard’s long-term future in all probability gained’t be with the Jazz.

It’s attainable that Utah may flip among the draft picks that it acquired for Gobert into an All-Star caliber participant. 

Mitchell’s commerce worth may’ve taken a success within the 2022 playoffs. The guard’s poor protection was a significant component in Utah being upset by the Dallas Mavericks of their first-round collection.

The New York Knicks and Miami Warmth are seen as the highest contenders to commerce for Mitchell. 

Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz in motion through the second half of Recreation 6 of the Western Convention First Spherical Playoffs in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Good Dwelling Area on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah. Picture: Alex Goodlett/Getty Pictures

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