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Deciphering 3 Hot Donovan Mitchell Trade Rumors

Let's get to the bottom of what's going on at Jazz HQ.

It’s been difficult to decipher fact from fiction with all the conflicting reports regarding the potential trade of Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. Does the hearsay come from reliable sources that have inside intel, or is information being leaked with the intention of gaining leverage?

Let’s take analyze which rumors make sense, and what may be smoke and mirrors.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz in game five of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center.
New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles up court during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.
Danny Ainge, Donovan Mitchell

The Jazz want to appear that they aren’t in a rush to move Mitchell this summer, and in this case, I believe it. If Utah has decided to tank this year, then it can be done with, or without Mitchell.

Also, holding onto Mitchell for one more year isn’t going to hurt his trade value. Anthony Davis (2019) and Paul George (2017) are two recent examples of All-Stars getting hauls back with less than three years on their contract.

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Bottom Line

Jazz executive Danny Ainge is going to get the asking price for Mitchell whether it’s this year, at the trade deadline, or next summer.

Time will tell which rumors turn out to be fact or fiction.

Stay tuned.

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