Utah Jazz Receive: G Evan Fournier, G Derrick Rose, 2023 First-Round Pick (NYK), 2023 First-Round Pick (DAL via NYK), 2025 First-Round Pick (NYK), 2027 First-Round Pick (NYK), 2028 First-Round Pick (Swap – NYK)
New York Knicks Receive: G Donovan Mitchell
Consider this the archetypical “picks package”.
If the Utah Jazz are forced to deal Donovan Mitchell, they’ll probably have to accept that they’re rebuilding. In that event, they could choose to prioritize draft capital above all else. If so, this deal ought to satisfy them.
There’s risk involved. There always is with a draft pick-focused trade package. It’s a classic dilemma: the Jazz are making the Knicks better here, thus depreciating the value of the assets they’re receiving. With Mitchell in tow, the Knicks are less likely to draft in the lottery.
On the other hand, the NBA is wildly unpredictable. If we look to recent precedent, the Rockets traded James Harden to the Nets in exchange for virtually nothing but draft capital.
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The deal was panned at the time, but with the Nets potentially on the verge of collapse, it’s starting to look a little more favorable in Houston.
That’s the thing about risks. Sometimes, taking them can pay off in a big way.