In a potential Donovan Mitchell with the New York Knicks, the Utah Jazz are on a tight grasp of their asking price of future assets.
And it stands clear that they have no intent to acquire Julius Randle, as reported by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
“Utah didn’t want Julius Randle, from what I’m told,” Smith said upon his appearance on SiriusXM, via Knicks insider Tommy Beer. “They don’t want him. The Knicks were willing to unload him. They want RJ Barrett. They want at least 6 1st-round picks.”
Shams Charania of The Athletic provided last Tuesday that both the Jazz and the Knicks have revisited their trade conversations about Mitchell, but there are still roadblocks that are yet to be addressed.
It has been reported frequently that GM Danny Ainge and the Jazz are seeking a minimum of six first-round selections from the Knicks to press the trade button. Stockpiling picks marks their desired plans to fully commit towards a long-term rebuild following seven-straight postseason appearances.
Given his age, that hefty four-year, $117 million contract that he has which will start next season and the drama he produced, Randle doesn’t fit into the Jazz’ upcoming timeline. On the other hand, it stands reasonable on Utah’s part to express their interest in Barrett, who had a career-high 20.0 points to go with 5.8 boards and 3.0 assist in his third professional year with the Knicks last season.
With rebuilding in hand for the upcoming basketball season, the Jazz look firm to retain their high standards and squeeze every value that Mitchell has. For now, there’s no blinking happening yet on the part of the Knicks to pull the trigger and land the hometown kid in the Big Apple.