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“They make me sick” - Stephen A. Smith loses it after the New York Knicks watch Donovan Mitchell get traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Smith is right to be upset with the Knicks, and they will once again be left to wonder whether they just missed out on a potentially franchise altering deal
Stephen A. Smith loses it after the New York Knicks watch Donovan Mitchell get traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Smith isn't shy about his fandom towards the Knicks, is unhappy with their inability to land Mitchell

The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the NBA world yesterday afternoon when they pulled off a shocking trade for Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell. The Cavaliers had previously ruled themselves out of the running for Mitchell, only to rejoin the race at the last minute and emerge as the surprising victor. With Mitchell onboard, the Cavs appear set to make some noise in a loaded Eastern Conference this upcoming season.

The Knicks somehow didn't land Mitchell, and Stephen A. Smith is furious

The Cavaliers were a surprising trade partner with the Jazz here, primarily because the New York Knicks were the supposed frontrunner all offseason long. The Knicks had the assets to get a deal done, and Mitchell wanted to play for the Knicks. It seemed like only a matter of time before a deal got done, especially once the Cavs publicly took themselves out of the running for Mitchell.

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Instead, the Knicks got beat to the punch in a move that could have altered their franchise's trajectory. And Stephen A. Smith, who isn't shy about his fandom towards the Knicks, is unhappy with their inability to land Mitchell. Smith says he badly wanted New York to trade for Mitchell and went on quite a tirade about his favorite team's failure to make any moves that would benefit the franchise.

The Knicks missed another golden opportunity to improve their franchise

Smith has good reason to be upset with New York's inability to land Mitchell. They had the desire, the assets, and the need to land him. Instead, they played with fire and waited too long, and the Cavs swooped in and took him right from under the Knicks' nose. Considering all the buildup that has taken place this offseason, this is a massive disappointment for New York.

As Smith states in the clip above, the Knicks are still without a star. Julius Randle came back to earth after his breakout 2020-21 campaign, and players like RJ Barrett and Jalen Brunson aren't close to Mitchell's level. Mitchell would have been the piece that put the Knicks over the top for now and the future, and they watched another Eastern Conference competitor snatch him away from them.

This isn't the only time the Knicks have failed to pull off a move that would greatly benefit their organization, and chances are it won't be the last time either. New York's offseason success hinged on their ability to land Mitchell, and their failure to do so may end up haunting them for many future seasons.

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