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Brian Windhorst believes the Utah Jazz are attempting to accelerate Donovan Mitchell trade talks — “They want to go before training camp”

This is basically a staring contest between the Jazz and the Knicks. Time to find out who'll blink first.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell has quickly become the talk of the NBA rumor mill. The Utah Jazz are looking to accelerate their rebuild by moving their star point guard before the 2022-23 season and appear to be seeing an increase in suitors now that Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are off the board. With most of the NBA offseason activity in the rearview mirror, all eyes are focused on the Jazz and Mitchell as rumors begin to pick up steam.

Brian Windhorst believes we may be closer to a Donovan Mitchell trade than expected

Nobody has ever been able to truly get a pulse on the Jazz’s intentions regarding Mitchell trade talks. Some believe that they could keep him around for the upcoming season, and there’s no urgency on their end to get a deal done. Others believe that Utah wants Mitchell off their roster by the time the upcoming season starts, which has led to an acceleration of trade talks in recent days.

Count Brian Windhorst of ESPN among those who believe that the Jazz are looking to speed up Mitchell trade talks. Windhorst believes Mitchell will be traded sooner rather than later and that the beginning of the season deadline may be a conservative timeline for a potential Mitchell trade. Windhorst went as far to say that he believes the Jazz are looking to trade Mitchell by the time training camp opens, meaning they will have to work on a deal pretty soon.

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It sounds to me in talking to people around the league that the Jazz want to try to go even sooner than that. They want to go before training camp” - Brian Windhorst, Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective

The Utah Jazz may be best-served trading Donovan Mitchell sooner rather than later

It seems like it would be in Utah’s best interests to trade Mitchell before the season starts, as his value is pretty high right now. They could also capitalize on an expensive trade market, considering the return they got on Rudy Gobert from the Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason. Windhorst’s report that the Jazz are looking to have something done by the time training camp starts may be pushing it, though.

For starters, Mitchell would prefer to land with the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, or Miami Heat. The problem is that the Nets and Heat don’t really have any way to acquire Mitchell. The frontrunner for Mitchell’s services have always been the New York Knicks, but it doesn’t sound like they are close to a deal currently.

Other teams, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, are balking at the Jazz’s price tag for Mitchell. If they want to get rid of him before camp opens, they may have to lower their price so teams can afford to acquire their star guard. There isn’t a lot of momentum building towards a deal right now, but it wouldn’t be shocking if Windhorst’s report ends up coming true and these sweepstakes come to a fast conclusion soon.

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