It makes hometown sense and family sense and financial sense.
Does Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell want to leave the small pond - well, the Salt Lake - to jump into the big ocean ... next to the Big Apple?
"My mindset is to win," Mitchell said when asked if he wished to be traded from Utah - essentially failing to shut down the idea. "Right now, I'm not really looking at that. ... I just want to win. This hurts, and like I said, I'll think about it in a week. Right now I'm not really thinking about any of that, to be completely honest with you."
Utah's first-round elimination on Thursday night at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks marks yet another failure by a Jazz team that keeps believing it is built to win ... but does not.
The Knicks have long been linked to Mitchell, for a number of reasons. One Eastern Conference scout tells Ric Bucher of Fox Sports back that the Jazz were "a first-round exit from Donovan being in New York."
Bucher also has cited "incessant buzz" that Mitchell has people who are friends and advisors who think he's destined to be a big star in a big city, adding that they believe "it's only a matter of time" before Mitchell ends up with the Knicks.
The connections? GM Leon Rose is his former agent. Mitchell's dad is a Mets exec. And Mitchell, 25, a $30-million APY-plus guy for the next four seasons, is a New York native.
The pieces fit. And in an NBA in which squeaky wheels get greased, maybe all Donovan Mitchell needs to do is ... squeak.