Knicks Rumors: Mitchell Robinson Was in Donovan Mitchell Trade Talks Before Contract

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 14, 2022

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The New York Knicks reportedly included Mitchell Robinson in trade talks for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell before the center agreed to a contract extension.

Ian Begley of SNY.tv reported the deal included Robinson, at least three first-round picks and other players. Mitchell signed a four-year, $60 million contract this month and now cannot be traded until Dec. 15.

The Jazz have also expressed interest in guard Quentin Grimes.

Robinson would have been a natural replacement for Rudy Gobert after the Jazz traded their All-Star center to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a blockbuster this month.

Utah has publicly maintained a desire to keep Mitchell long-term.

"I'm not trying to be cryptic or anything else, but Donovan is on our roster, and he's a very, very important part of what we're trying to do," general manager Justin Zanik told reporters Saturday. "Things evolve in the NBA. So I couldn't sit here and say anybody is (untouchable). We're trying to build a championship team, but there's no intent (to trade him) at all."

Behind the scenes, however, the Knicks have emerged as a favorite to land the All-Star guard. Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the Jazz and Knicks have engaged in trade talks, with New York being the "focused destination" at the moment.

The Knicks can offer up to eight future first-round picks in a trade. Begley reported Utah's asking price in trade talks has been "too high" at this juncture.

The Jazz received 2023, 2025 and 2027 and 2029 first-round picks, a 2016 pick swap as well as the rights to 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler from the Timberwolves as part of the Gobert trade. It's almost certain Utah will look to top that compensation from the Knicks or any other team that lands Mitchell.