According to The Athletic, discussions were so advanced between the Knicks and the Jazz around Donovan Mitchell that an agreement was “close” on Tuesday evening. Except that Utah is not willing to sell off its All-Star rear, and as with Rudy Gobert, the management is very, very demanding!
Thus the Knicks were forced to refuse the Jazz proposal since the leaders of Utah wanted Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride, and especially six first rounds of the Draft!!! According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Jazz also wanted Cam Reddish, and the ability to trade early drafts.
At no time was RJ Barrett included in the talks, and for New York, he is therefore untouchable. On the Jazz side, that’s good, we don’t make it a priority.
The Knicks made a counter-proposal with fewer draft picks, and fewer youngsters, and a “veteran” would be included in the “package” to bring salaries into line. Still according to the Salt Lake Tribune, it will rather be Evan Fournier or Derrick Rose, and not Julius Randle.
The Heat made an offer
The Miami track is not abandoned but the Heat only have three first draft rounds to offer (2023, 2027 and 2029), and on the side of young players, Tyler Herro is a size, but elements like Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, or Omer Yurtseven would be less interested in Jazz.
One thing is certain: the Heat made an offer, and the Jazz did not follow up. Moreover, in Utah, we prefer to recover Herro from Barrett, and the door is therefore not completely closed…
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