Donovan Mitchell is still a member of the jazz and NBA in August after active activity early in the off-season. Trade negotiations have cooled. Fans may be disappointed with the recent lack of blockbuster deals, but one big deal was clearly discussed.
The Lakers, Knicks, and Jazz discussed the trade of the three teams, which featured Mitchell's return party and an informal departure from Los Angeles in Russell Westbrook.Hoopshype's Michael Scott.
In the proposed trade, the Lakers sent Westbrook to Utah, where he would have been acquired from the contract. Jazz then sent Mitchell to Knicks, and the trade package included Patrick Beverley, Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Malik Beasley. In return, Jazz was lined up to receive a large amount of draft topics from both other teams involved in the deal.
A question arose as to who Knicks was willing to send to the Lakers if the deal was successful. Los Angeles was already interested in forward Cam Reddish, who tried to buy last year in another three-team deal with Knicks and Raptors, but that didn't happen. New York may also have considered offloading one of the veterans to create Mitchell's salary space, with Derrick Rose at the top of the list of potential departures.
However, the most obvious question surrounding this transaction is the draft topic. It's a number. Utah was lined up to receive. The report claims that Jazz was trying to win more picks than it had received in previous off-season deals that sent Rudy Gobert of the All-Star Center to Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Mitchell. The return on that deal featured four stunning future first-round picks and a 2022 first-round pickwalker Kessler.
Was Knicks obliged to fork four or five or more of his first round picks for Mitchell, or the Lakers had to tip in more as Jazz agreed? I don't know if it wasn't there. To undertake a large contract in Westbrook.
You may not know, but the deal between the three is clearly debated, and the discussion can get hot again as the training camp approaches.