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NBA Rumors: Knicks Trading For Donovan Mitchell 'Highly Unlikely' Right Now

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell has been linked with a move to the New York Knicks for quite some time now. The Utah Jazz shooting guard is one of the most exciting young players in the league right now, but he's still missing those big wins in the postseason to cement himself as one of the best young talents in the league. 

The Jazz keep trying to compete for the championship, but that's proven to be a hard job to carry out. All these fails have led to speculation about the future of the franchise and their star duo of Mitchell and 3x DPOY award winner Rudy Gobert. 

The Knicks looked like serious candidates to lure Mitchell away from Utah, but the situation is not as promising as some might want it. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, it's not a given that Mitchell will go to New York shortly, and it fact, it's 'highly unlikely' that the Knicks complete a trade for the player:

League sources regularly mention New York's main offseason focus is to improve at the point guard position, but acquiring Utah's other All-Star, Donovan Mitchell, remains highly unlikely. Even if Mitchell were to ultimately request a trade from the Jazz, he still has three full years committed on his contract before a player option in 2025-26. Plus, there's healthy skepticism around the NBA that New York's best offer for Mitchell would trump other teams' pursuits, such as a potential package from Miami that would theoretically center around Tyler Herro plus other salary and multiple first-round picks.

This was one of the most desired targets for Knicks fans, as well as Damian Lillard. However, they will have to look somewhere else, as these two aren't moving right now. The Knicks have lost impact on players and there's no real interest to go play with them. They remain the most valuable team in the league, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are an attractive spot for free agents.