NBA Rumors: Donovon Mitchell could still find his way to the New York Knicks?
Last summer, the New York Knicks went all-in on trying to acquire Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. In the end, the Knicks finished second in their pursuit of the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the Knicks got the last laugh as they bested the Cavs in their first-round playoff series in five games.
However, that may not have been the end of the Mitchell-Knicks story. According to a recent report, the Knicks and Mitchell could still cross paths in the future.
Donovan Mitchell is still being linked to the New York Knicks
Cleveland sports reporter Jason Lloyd suggests that there’s still a very strong sentiment that Mitchell wants to be in New York. If that is indeed the case, it completely changes the narrative heading into the offseason for both the Cavs and the Knicks.
Let’s keep in mind, though, Mitchell is still under contract with Cleveland for the next two seasons. He can’t opt out of his contract with the team until the 2025 offseason. And if he truly wants to find his way to the Knicks, he’ll likely have to wait until then.
However, for this offseason, this report (depending on how reliable it really is) it could mean two very different things for the Cavs and Knicks. For New York, it could allow them to be more selective when it comes to burning their assets for a star.
The Knicks will likely be seeking one but if they know Mitchell wants to be here, perhaps they’d be more willing to be patient. And the Cavs, this report could force them to be even more aggressive during the offseason.
Again, this is all whispers and it could all change between now and next year. And in the NBA, winning cures all. If the Cavs emerge as a strong championship contender in the Eastern Conference next season, per se, perhaps Mitchell will change his tune.
In the end, there’s nothing here to act on just yet. The Knicks are flying high right now as they prepare for the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Cavs are heading into the offseason with some holes to fill on their roster.
This is an interesting sidenote to keep in mind moving forward. For now, nothing likely changes for the Cavs or Knicks heading into the summer. But it is something to monitor moving forward.