Jazz reportedly "shutting down" any calls regarding the transfer of Donovan Mitchell
The Jazz received the first pieces of a reconstruction in the Rudy Gobert trade, including four first-round selections and young players Walker Kessler and Jarred Vanderbilt
Although Malik Beasley and Patrick Beverley, two good veterans, returned to Utah, this transaction did not improve the Jazz now; rather, it improved them tomorrow
Teams are anticipating a Donovan Mitchell deal to be the next domino in this situation.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who was on the network this past weekend (thanks to Clutch Points), the Jazz are rejecting that notion and claiming that they will rebuild around Mitchell.
The dilemma for Utah is that, if they were planning to move him, you would say just that in public to increase leverage and the asking price.
Other clubs observe the sum the Jazz received for Gobert, note that they recruited a young, inexperienced coach in Will Hardy, are aware of the background of CEO Danny Ainge, and recognise that a rebuild is inevitable.
The 2023 All-Star Game will be held in Salt Lake City, which is the one drawback. According to league sources who spoke to NBC Sports
Utah prefers to keep Mitchell this season so that he may host and be the local hero of the All-Star Game before looking again at trading him next summer.
But what good is waiting if Ainge is suggesting a rebuild? Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson are possible franchise players in the 2023 NBA Draft
Wembanyama seems like the kind of player who can establish a franchise for a decade. Ask Portland how tough it is to rebuild on the fly around a star; perhaps it would be better to just pull off the Band-Aid.
Despite the Jazz's denial of any trade conversations for Mitchell, rumours are circulating about his potential destinations. The Miami Heat are rumoured to be interested; Mitchell would want to go there
and Miami could put together a package trade centred around Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry (to match salary), and a tonne of picks. Since Mitchell was born in New York, the Knicks have long been seen as the favourites to bring him home.
However, Utah would insist on RJ Barrett, and would the Knicks travel there if necessary?
According to speculations, the Nets are interested in speaking with the Jazz about trading for Mitchell as part of a larger trade that sends Kevin Durant somewhere else (he won't go to the Jazz).
For now, that is all that can be said. Unexpectedly, Ainge received a sizable payout for Gobert. What would Ainge do if Mitchell received a second unexpectedly high offer from a team?
They are currently terminating those calls in public.