The New York Knicks-Donovan Mitchell trade talks have gone silent. Danny Ainge’s asking price is ridiculously high, so until the Utah Jazz come to terms with the Knicks having the best offer, Mitchell’s going to remain on Utah’s roster.
The guard has been spending a lot of time in New York during the offseason, which isn’t a surprise because he’s from Elmsford. Mitchell’s spent time with Immanuel Quickley in the Hamptons, watched the New York Rangers play at Madison Square Garden, and has frequented Citi Field to see his favorite MLB team play.
So, of course, on Tuesday night, Mitchell (and Jalen Brunson) was in the stands to catch the famous Subway Series between the Mets and the Yankees. And in the first game of the two-game series, the Mets got the 6-3 win.
Knicks fans are impatiently waiting to hear more about a possible Donovan Mitchell trade
The Mets and Yankees will play again on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET to conclude the series, but if for whatever reason a trade was to happen tonight, that would be classic. Imagine how that would go in Queens with Knicks fans in attendance.
But that’s a long shot. It would be cool enough if Mitchell were to be traded while he’s still hanging around the city, but there are about two months left until the start of training camp. And if Ainge doesn’t budge on a trade, Mitchell will soon be making his way back to Utah.
If that were to happen, Mitchell would be without Rudy Gobert, who was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The two reportedly haven’t had the best relationship in the past, but the void on the court left by Gobert would undoubtedly be felt by Mitchell.
The Jazz weren’t able to enjoy the expected level of success with both Mitchell and Gobert, and even though Mitchell still has three guaranteed seasons left on his contract, he may not be interested in remaining in Utah through the rebuild.
Instead of having to plan to leave New York sometime soon, he could always stay. That is if Ainge accepts the fact that his ploy to try to get more out of the Knicks won’t work.
Come on, Ainge. Let Mitchell stay in New York so that he can spend more time at Citi Field.