Appearance on The Rally (video link), Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that trade talks between the jazz and curtsy centered on Donovan Mitchell have stalled and the two teams have not been in contact for about two weeks.
According to Charania, Utah continues to discuss Mitchell’s move, just not with New York. Jazz dealt with that hornets and wizard recently, Charania adds, but it doesn’t sound like a potential deal with either of those clubs is imminent.
As Charania observes, many in the league still see the Knicks as favorites to sign the three-time All-Star guard due to their combination of draft capital and young players. However, with the caveat that things can change at any time, it seems like nothing is happening on that front at the moment.
Here are a few more trade rumors from the NBA:
- On his podcast Please Don’t Aggregate This, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer goes on to hear that the jazz not very interested in trading – and paying – curtsy wing RJ Barrett (Hat tip to HoopsHype) as part of a Mitchell package. Barrett is eligible for a rookie-scale extension until the start of the 2022-23 regular season, and if he cannot agree on an extension, he would be a restricted free agent in 2023. SNY.tv’s Ian Begley is pushing back on the notion that the Jazz aren’t interested in Barrett, noting his report earlier this month that Utah has indeed started talks with New York with Barrett as part of the return package. Sources say that Begley the Jazz was trying to project what Barrett’s extension value might be at the time of these early discussions, which is only natural. It’s worth noting that these two reports aren’t mutually exclusive — the Jazz may actually be interested in Barrett, but may have gotten a sense of what he’s looking for in an overtime and then decided they didn’t want to put him in a big contract the future. For what it’s worth, Begley says he would refuse to put Barrett in a potential Mitchell deal if he were the Knicks, believing he’s worth more than additional first-round picks.
- In the latest Lowe Post podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe said he doesn’t think so heat ever seriously pursued hawks tall man JohnCollins, but wonders if they might revisit that possibility before the start of the season. “There’s been some talk about Miami, John Collins‘ Lowe said, according to RealGM. “It’s old. It could be months old. I don’t think it was ever really serious. They could make up for that.”
- The Athletic’s Fred Katz suggests that the Timberwolves gave Jazz the return Rudy Gobert may have stalled the commercial market for stars like Mitchell and Kevin Durant. According to Katz, the Jazz are looking for a bigger package for Mitchell than they got for Gobert, and this nets are certainly looking for some massive loot for Durant. That could have a trickle-down effect not only for teams interested in the two stars, but also for other teams that might be looking for smaller deals, Katz writes.