Announced leaving just like Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell should not wear the colors of Utah in 2022-23. Where will he land then? Five trade scenarios could particularly appeal to Mormon leaders. We take stock.
San Antonio: Mitchell vs. Keldon Johnson, Josh Richardson and 3 first-round picks
Given the aspirations of the title-seeking guard, the choice may come as a surprise, but the Texans would be a good trade partner for the Jazz. The latter have several players who are both young and versatile, capable of forming a good backbone of the workforce while waiting to find a new franchise player. The multiple draft picks would also allow the organization to accumulate assets, while the Texans would offer themselves a superb backcourt between Spida and Dejounte Murray.
Atlanta: Mitchell vs. John Collins (or Clint Capela), De’Andre Hunter and a first-round pick
The Hawks want to fight for the title, and a tandem formed by Mitchell and Trae Young on the back lines would be a good way to get closer. With Rudy Gobert also out, this would be an opportunity for Utah to pick up a dominant big man in return, whether it’s Collins or Capela. Hunter is an elite defenseman who can occupy several positions, a rookie of choice for any franchise. The deal could therefore be perfect for all parties involved.
New York: Mitchell vs. Evan Fournier, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin and four first-round picks
It’s an open secret, Mitchell would see himself playing in the Big Apple and the Knicks would love to sign him. In reality, however, the counterpart may not be sufficient to convince the leaders. However, it has the advantage of offering an immediate replacement for the guard in the person of Evan Fournier, who would become a starter with Quickley as a back-up. Toppin could also start from the bench, putting his energy and attacking skills to good use.
Philadelphia: Mitchell vs. Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris and first-round picks
We are talking about three players who have been widely cited in transfer rumors on the Pennsylvania side, and who could all be of interest to the Jazz. Maxey and Thybulle are very complementary and particularly promising, enough to be sure about the future on the wings. Harris would bring him experience, his versatility on 3-4 positions and regular scoring. So many arguments that have something to seduce GM Justin Zanik, even if the salary of the veteran has something to scare (77 million over two years remaining).
Miami: Mitchell vs. Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and a first-round pick
As with New York, this is a destination favored by Spida, South Beach being traditionally very popular with players. Utah would find itself there with this deal, the doublet Herro-Robinson guaranteeing mass shooting and scoring on position 2. As for the superstar, she could form a rather terrifying Big Three with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. What also offer Floridians a real No. 1 scorer, and therefore more freedom in Buckets.
Whatever happens, we’ll have to put our hands in the wallet to get Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz will want at least one star as well as first-round picks if they already have to concede a departure from their franchise player.