Donovan Mitchell has finally been traded, and the speculation about where he will end up has come to an end. He will be suiting up for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season and joining a young core that features two All-Stars, Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland.
The New York Knicks were a team that was frequently linked with Donovan Mitchell, but they ultimately missed out on acquiring the shooting guard. That fact caused NBA analyst and Knicks fan Stephen A. Smith to blast the franchise.
You see what I'm saying? Every single time... something goes wrong... You got about 7 or 8 first-round picks, you got RJ Barrett, you got Julius Randle, you got Toppin, you got Immanuel Quickley. And you still couldn't get Donovan Mitchell. You still couldn't get him.
Once again we're going to go into another season, and the New York Knicks are still devoid of a star. They're somewhere other than in a New York Knicks uniform... They make me sick. Nothing ever gets done in New York with the Knicks. Nothing.
It just never ends with the Knicks. It just never freaking ends.
While the Knicks definitely had the assets to get Donovan Mitchell, they were clearly not willing to give up everything possible to acquire him. However, it seems as though they did submit a massive offer for Mitchell previously.
The Knicks Submitted A Massive Offer For Donovan Mitchell In July
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has recently revealed that the New York Knicks offered RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Mitchell Robinson, and three unprotected first-round picks for Donovan Mitchell in July, but the Utah Jazz ended up declining.
New York and Utah discussed numerous iterations of a Mitchell trade, including a significant Knicks' initial offer in early July prior to Mitchell Robinson signing his contract extension. Near the start of talks in early July, New York offered a package that would've included Barrett, Obi Toppin, Robinson and three unprotected first-round picks, sources told ESPN. Utah turned down that offer, and Robinson signed his extension, essentially eliminating the possibility he could become a part of a deal.
It is clear that this was a solid offer for Donovan Mitchell, but obviously, the Utah Jazz valued draft compensation in any package for Mitchell, as evidenced by them taking the Cavaliers' offer, which included three unprotected first-round picks and two first-round pick swaps.
While the New York Knicks missed out on Donovan Mitchell, perhaps they can acquire a star in the future. They are located in an appealing market, and perhaps more big-name players can join them going forward.