HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Jazz beat author Tony Jones share the most recent updates on commerce talks between the Jazz and Knicks surrounding Donovan Mitchell. Plus, the chance that Patrick Beverley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley, Malik Beasley and others are traded, and extra on the most recent version of the HoopsHype podcast.
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2:40 What’s the most recent on commerce talks between the Knicks and Jazz for Donovan Mitchell?
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Scotto: Some have questioned if the Knicks may transfer a contract like Evan Fournier in a possible Donovan Mitchell commerce package deal as a result of Danny Ainge traded for him with the Boston Celtics, however I’d remind everybody that was a very totally different scenario the place Utah can be coming into a rebuilding scenario and has much less of an urge for food to take again long-term salaries for guys like Fournier and Julius Randle. As an alternative, I see somebody like Derrick Rose, who’s owed $14.5 million this season and has a crew possibility for subsequent season, being extra interesting to Utah. The Knicks would even be keen to commerce Cam Reddish. Then, from Utah’s facet, you’ve the Knicks’ trio of younger gamers who may enchantment in Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes.
Jones: I don’t suppose the 2 sides are shut. I don’t suppose they’ve been shut. We’ll see what occurs because the urgency of coaching camp looms. The Jazz need what they need, which is picks out of this deal, and so they need younger guys on brief or rookie contracts. By definition, meaning Toppin, Grimes and Quickley. They’re good younger gamers, and the Knicks wish to defend these guys. The Knicks don’t essentially wish to put of their younger guys. They wish to attempt to unload some undesirable contracts. The Knicks don’t wish to unload Derrick Rose. He’s lengthy been a favourite of Tom Thibodeau. I do know the Knicks wish to cling onto him and Grimes. These guys are priorities.
Scotto: Rose’s contract, salary-wise, makes essentially the most sense if Utah isn’t seeking to tackle Fournier and Randle. There’s going to need to be just a little tug of battle there and a compromise. From the Knicks’ standpoint, in the event that they’re going to maneuver Toppin, Quickley, or Grimes, they worth Toppin at the least as a first-round choose, Quickley is someplace in that vary as nicely, and so they’ll make the argument that Grimes is simply too. That will reduce the draft choose compensation Utah would theoretically get again. I’m unsure if Utah has an urge for food for Cam Reddish.
Jones: I don’t suppose the Jazz have any urge for food for Randle. I’m unsure there’s a lot of an urge for food for Reddish. They’ve set a worth for Mitchell, and from their perspective, at this level, it’s you meet the worth, and so they’ll commerce him, otherwise you don’t, and so they’re going into coaching camp with him. They don’t really feel like they need to commerce Mitchell or are obligated. They don’t really feel an urgency to commerce him. They suppose they’ve a number of roads again to being the crew they had been a few years in the past. They have already got three first-round picks by the top of subsequent season. In the event that they maintain onto all of their veterans, they’ll have $36-40 million in cap room. Whereas some could query what free agent would go to Utah? The cap area isn’t about which free agent would go to Utah. The cap area can be used to maneuver within the commerce market. They may probably pull off a commerce just like the one Portland did for Jerami Grant.
They have a look at it as if there are three years left on Mitchell’s contract, so in the event that they’re going to commerce him, it’s as a result of someone meets their worth. I don’t see the Jazz coming down on their worth.
Scotto: The sense that most individuals across the league have gotten is that Utah desires extra for Mitchell than they obtained for Rudy Gobert. You’re speaking 5 first-round picks, possibly even six, relying on protections and what younger gamers are provided. That’s a hefty haul.
11:45 When may we see a possible commerce between the Jazz and Knicks for Donovan Mitchell?
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Jones: The sense I get proper now could be it’s in all probability not going to occur on an imminent degree. The 2 sides aren’t shut. To me, I believe if it’s going to occur, it’s going to occur nearer to coaching camp or the beginning of the season. If it doesn’t occur then, we’ll see what occurs nearer to the February commerce deadline. It’s one of many explanation why the Jazz haven’t made plenty of strikes round their roster. Mitchell is a domino that needs to be taken care of by hook or by crook. If the Jazz commerce Mitchell, then it’s going to make sense to go youthful. Then, I’d anticipate extra strikes on prime of that.
14:30 Is there a thriller crew that would land Donovan Mitchell in a commerce?
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Scotto: I don’t see Miami having the belongings to get it achieved with out parting with Bam Adebayo, which I haven’t gotten the sense they wish to do.
Jones: I don’t see it as a result of I don’t suppose there’s one other crew that has the picks package deal the Knicks have. I do know folks will say, “What about Oklahoma Metropolis?” OKC isn’t buying and selling for Donovan Mitchell, so realistically, there’s no crew on the market that has the package deal the Knicks have… And no, Miami isn’t shut. They don’t have the belongings.
16:50 The Salt Lake Tribune report that there’s an “overwhelming feeling” Donovan Mitchell would go away the Jazz in 2025
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Scotto: There have all the time been speculative whispers about Donovan Mitchell leaving Utah finally as extra of a query of when and never if for years. In concept, Mitchell may go to a bigger market and possibly earn extra sponsorship cash, however it’s not like folks haven’t identified about him after he turned a star within the playoffs over the previous few years in Utah and elevated his sport. He’s obtained a shoe deal. I don’t understand how a lot that side would come into play.
Jones: It’s a type of issues the place it’s been talked about seemingly perpetually, and just about since he signed his second contract. The fifth-year participant possibility was one thing that raised a bunch of eyebrows. It’s one thing the Jazz and the followers have been coping with for years, frankly. If Mitchell desires out, Utah nonetheless doesn’t need to commerce him proper now. He’s obtained three years on his deal. Subsequent summer time, with two years left, that’s in all probability a candy spot, which is when the Jazz can commerce him and get 75 cents on the greenback.
Scotto: Utah has essentially the most leverage in the event that they transfer Mitchell now. Can they attempt to compete with him? Positive. However we noticed what the crew appeared like with him and Rudy Gobert, who was a perennial Defensive Participant of the Yr candidate and an All-Star. The commerce they made didn’t web gamers who’re going to assist them. Gobert was the very best participant within the commerce. From a expertise side, regardless that they added depth on paper, they took a step backward by way of competing now. If I’m Utah, and I see the writing on the wall right here, I’m attempting to actually maximize this. Ainge has achieved this in Boston earlier than after they drafted Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
21:35 Commerce marketplace for different Jazz gamers
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Scotto: Utah has a significant guard logjam that must be damaged up. Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Malik Beasley (crew possibility subsequent season), Jordan Clarkson (participant possibility subsequent 12 months), Patrick Beverley, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jared Butler, and Leandro Bolmaro too. That has to get damaged up.
Rudy Homosexual is a candidate to be traded by Utah since he’s older and doesn’t match the Jazz’s long-term rebuilding plan, however I’m unsure there’s a strong marketplace for him at this later stage of his profession.
The expiring contracts of Bojan Bogdanovic and Patrick Beverley enchantment to playoff-caliber groups across the league, sources advised HoopsHype. Jarred Vanderbilt can be a pleasant younger participant that groups like, I’m advised, however there’s no pressing want for Utah to maneuver him since he can match their rebuilding timeline if Mitchell is moved.
Jones: With or with out Donovan Mitchell, a few of these veterans are going to be on the roster at the beginning of the season. They will’t transfer all these guys. Who’re the fellows Utah can transfer tomorrow (theoretically)? I believe Utah can transfer Bogdanovic, Vanderbilt, and Beverley. They will transfer them moderately simply. I don’t understand how a lot of a market there may be for Conley, Clarkson, or Beasley.
26:20 Will Walker Kessler be Utah’s beginning heart?
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Jones: That’s a tricky query as a result of a lot of the roster is tied to Donovan Mitchell. In the event that they don’t commerce Mitchell, I see them going out into the market and signing a middle to begin for them. In the event that they commerce Mitchell, they’ll clearly go younger, and that’ll open up a path for Kessler. That mentioned, I’m unsure he’d be a starter as a result of I believe the Jazz wish to discover out as soon as and for all if Udoka Azubuike can play.
My sources inform me Azubuike has been working actually onerous with the coaches all summer time, and he’s been in Salt Lake all summer time. He’s made plenty of strides. That mentioned, the Jazz like Kessler and sought him out within the Rudy Gobert commerce. He’s the second-best rim protector on this draft behind Chet Holmgren. Utah feels he has some upside as a pick-and-pop offensive participant and as a vertical spacer.
29:40 What to anticipate from Will Hardy and some other teaching additions?
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Jones: I believe the entrance of the bench is taken care of with Alex Jensen, Lamar Skeeter and Bryan Bailey. My sources advised me earlier within the week that they simply employed Sean Sheldon from San Antonio, who was a video coordinator with Will Hardy in San Antonio. I anticipate plenty of power from Hardy. Everyone I’ve talked to actually thinks he’s obtained an opportunity to be a terrific head coach. He’s been nicely revered and well-liked across the league.