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Jazz Rumors: Donovan Mitchell Won't 'Force Any Action' After Rudy Gobert Trade

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJuly 7, 2022

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The Utah Jazz have reportedly informed other NBA teams they "don't intend to trade" Donovan Mitchell after dealing center Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Thursday on Get Up that the All-Star guard also isn't likely to request a move following Gobert's departure.

"On Mitchell's side, he's going to stand pat," Windhorst said. "He's not going to force any action right now."

Utah has started the offseason by stockpiling draft picks. It acquired four first-rounders and a pick swap in the Gobert blockbuster and added another first-round selection by sending Royce O'Neale to the Brooklyn Nets.

It signaled the Jazz could be heading toward a full-scale rebuild, and Mitchell would have the potential to bring in several more picks if they wanted to go all-in with a focus on the future.

Instead, it sounds like the front office may attempt more of a hybrid approach. Mitchell, who's under contract through the 2024-25 season with a player option for 2025-26, could stay as the cornerstone while Utah tries to revitalize the roster around him.

In April, after the Dallas Mavericks eliminated the Jazz in the playoffs, the three-time All-Star confirmed he wanted to remain with the organization but provided a less certain answer when asked whether the roster could chase down a title.

"Honestly, I don't know," Mitchell told reporters. "It's nothing against the group, I just think we've come up short. I think I would like to think that we can find a way, but the same token, that's not up to me. It's not my decision to make that, so we'll go on and see what happens."

He added: "My mindset is to win, and like I said, right now I'm not really looking at [asking for a trade]. ... I just want to win."

The Jazz still feature several veterans around Mitchell, including Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Malik Beasley, Jordan Clarkson and Patrick Beverley, so there's no sign the team is trying to bottom out.

How the rest of the offseason unfolds will tell the story of how Utah plans to proceed following the exit of Gobert.

It could try to flip some of the picks it has acquired in search of a different star to pair with Mitchell, or it may hope for internal development while waiting on an infusion of talent in the coming drafts.

Only a pick-centric Mitchell trade, which appears off the table for the time being, would signal the Jazz will let their championship window shut until they can reap the rewards of their future draft capital.

Given the wide range of potential outcomes, the Jazz are a team to watch closely over the next few months.

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