Ever since the Utah Jazz fell to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, it seemed inevitable there would be a lot of change in Salt Lake City this offseason. The team would then trade Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a handful of players and a royal ransom of draft picks, and since that time there have been rumors about all of Utah’s top players, including the pick in the first round of 2018 and All-Star Scorer, Donovan Mitchell.
Since then, rumors have swirled with the New York Knicks seen as a heavy favorite to land the hometown kid, and while jazz fans hate the idea, the comeback is going to be great for the future of this. organization. Bleacher Report tried his hand at a fake trade that would send Mitchell home, and while it might not be the loot Danny Ainge wants, it’s a good enough one for both parties.
The Knicks get
G, Donovan Mitchell
G, Evan Fournier
F, Cam reddish
G, Quentin Grimes
2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029 first-round picks
It looks like Danny Ainge intends to take at least six first-round picks from the Knicks, as well as their two highest-rated young players in Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin, but ultimately it could be the trade that gets it’s made for the Knicks.
On top of that, Bleacher Report also looked at a side trade, which would allow two more jazz veterans to thrive, while allowing Utah to add more first-round picks (which would give them a historic streak of one-time pick-season), as well as losing more and more salary, which will help them as they look to build this new team from the ground up.
G, Russell Westbrook
2029 First-Round Pick
Two second-round draft picks
The Lakers get
G, Mike Conley
F, Bojan Bogdanovic
While neither trade looks like a clean win for the Jazz, this one feels a bit more unfair, as the Lakers get two veteran starters who can help this team right away, so like other fictional Lakers trades over the last few weeks, they would likely have to add a young player into the mix, or add another first-round draft pick. Either way, it would add to Utah’s pick count, and it would also give them leeway to be as flexible as possible going forward as they look to build a winner and win their first NBA championship in franchise history.
So what do you think of these jobs? Could the Jazz get more from the Knicks and Lakers? Are there any other jazz players you would like to see traded? Should the Jazz keep Donovan Mitchell and retool around him? As always, let us know all your thoughts in the comments!