Donovan Mitchell is an All-Star and capable franchise player, make no mistake about it. The Utah Jazz was up 3-1 against the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Playoffs, but they blew a chance to play in the Semifinal because Mitchell did not have enough help.
Mitchell has officially arrived as a bonafide star in the league and needs the proper team around him to help him reach his goals. He is similar to Dwyane Wade in that he is an ultra-athletic scorer who is built to be a winner and a leader. It might be time for him to request a trade.
Mitchell is due for max money, so he will likely sign a max contract with the Utah Jazz. That doesn’t mean he will stay, as he can request a trade with a contract to match some other star players. In other words, the Jazz can manage to trade Mitchell for another star because the contracts add up.
While the Jazz would rather keep Mitchell, he might have had enough. He balled all season long, and he does not seem to get along with Rudy Gobert. Michael Conley was supposed to be the third star, but that experiment was a disaster. Mitchell wants to win, and there are 5 major trade packages the Jazz can accept for him.
Here are the five destinations for Donovan Mitchell next season.
5. New Orleans Pelicans
Trade Package: 13th Overall Pick, Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart For Donovan Mitchell
This deal helps Utah rebuild with a valuable pick, a two-way guard in Jrue Holiday, and two young prospects. Lonzo Ball has not hit the heights that we all expected of him, and neither has Josh Hart, but both players are very talented pieces for the future. If Utah will lose their franchise player, they must-have pieces for the long term. If Lonzo can become a star, this deal is worth it.
For Mitchell and New Orleans, this is a massive win. Mitchell with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram is a team that will easily make the playoffs next season and also compete for NBA titles in the future. This would be a blockbuster deal and New Orleans might have a chance to win their first NBA title in the nearest future.
4. Denver Nuggets
Trade Package: Gary Harris, Will Barton, Monte Morris, PJ Dozier, Two Future First-Round Picks For Donovan Mitchell And Royce O’Neale
Denver is a great team led by two stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. They have tremendous depth and even Michael Porter Jr is a star in the making. To complete their lineup and finally get over the hump as NBA champions, Donovan Mitchell is the final ingredient. Mitchell, Murray, and Jokic will be the best Big Three in the league, and Porter Jr adds a fourth star in the near future. O’Neal is a good two-way player and defender that adds even more depth.
Utah wants a decent return for Mitchell, and two picks along with capable starters might do the trick. Morris has played like a starter this season, and Barton is lightning in a bottle with the way he can score and bring energy. Gary Harris can start on almost every team as well, giving Utah three capable starters. Two first-round picks add to their collection for the future, a necessity for trading your franchise star.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
Trade Package: Collin Sexton, Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, Future First-Round Pick For Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell would probably not want to join a rebuilding squad, but Cleveland’s offer might be too good to refuse. The Jazz might want to blow it up at some point, moving on from Michael Conley. Collin Sexton is a speedy point guard with tremendous upside as a scorer and playmaker. Kevin Love adds scoring and rebounding in a perfect fit alongside Rudy Gobert, and Cedi Osman can always become a better two-way forward. A future pick is a nice addition as well.
Cleveland get their man in Mitchell, who might or might not get to play alongside Andre Drummond. A young player with great potential in Darius Garland also adds a nice piece to the mix, possibly making Cleveland a playoff team next year. Utah might have to accept this Cleveland offer because they get capable starters to help them make the playoffs next year.
2. Atlanta Hawks
Trade Package: 5th Overall Pick, Cam Reddish, Kevin Huerter, De’Andre Hunter, Future First-Round Pick For Donovan Mitchell
This deal is excellent for both sides. For one, Mitchel joins forces with Trae Young in possibly the most exciting backcourt in the league. Young is already an All-Star and a bonafide franchise player, and by adding a second one puts Atlanta on the map. The Hawks have Clint Capela who they acquired this season from Houston, which creates a strong inside-outside Big Three. Atlanta is a piece away from playoff contention, and Mitchell gives them that.
For Utah, they get a slew of young prospects and a valuable pick. The 5th pick helps them rebuild immediately, and so does former Duke star Can Reddish. Hunter and Huerter will be starting-caliber players for many seasons to come, and possibly All-Stars with their length and versatile skillset. Utah will absolutely consider this deal if Donovan Mitchell decides he won’t stay.
1. Brooklyn Nets
Trade Package: Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, 2020 First-Round Pick For Donovan Mitchell
The best destination and trade package that is available belongs in Brooklyn. The Nets have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving returning next season, meaning they are in the hunt for an NBA title immediately. Donovan Mitchell adds a third star that just might guarantee the Nets a trip to the NBA Finals next season. Mitchell is that lethal, and he fits perfectly alongside Durant and Irving due to his ability to spot-up or drive. The Nets also get their Big Three with a guy in Mitchell who can lead the franchise after Durant and Irving.
For Utah, there is no denying they are getting strong talent in this deal. Dinwiddie played like an All-Star this year, and so did Jarett Allen. LeVert looks to be a star in the making as well, thanks to his athleticism and scoring potential. The Jazz literally add three pieces that can put them in the Playoffs immediately, and also help them compete in the future. The first-round pick also gives them a chance to snatch a gem by moving their franchise star. This is a deal that Utah must take if Mitchell requests a trade.