Is Donovan Mitchell a Jazz 'first-round exit away' from trade to Knicks?

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Donovan Mitchell Jazz 2022 closeup
Donovan Mitchell Jazz 2022 closeup

Could the Knicks soon trade for Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell?

One Eastern Conference scout told Ric Bucher of Fox Sports that the Jazz are "a first-round exit from Donovan being in New York."

Additionally, Bucher -- citing "incessant buzz" that those in Mitchell's circle feel he's too big of a star for Utah -- notes that some believe "it's only a matter of time" before Mitchell joins former agent and current Knicks president Leon Rose in New York.

If Mitchell attempts to force his way out of Utah after this season, the Knicks -- with a stable of draft picks and several young players who could be enticing to other teams -- including Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, and Quentin Grimes -- could be a realistic trade fit.

As far as the Knicks being able to absorb Mitchell's contract, they have been deliberate in recent offseasons when it comes to not handing out crippling, long-term deals. As a result, the Knicks only have two players on the books beyond the 2022-23 season -- Julius Randle and Evan Fournier. And SNY's Ian Begley reported on Thursday that Randle could possibly be traded before this year's deadline.

Mitchell, 25, is in the first year of a massive five-year extension he signed with the Jazz in November of 2020, and is earning $28.1 million this season. His salary will escalate by roughly $2 million per year each of the next four seasons, with the 2025-26 season a player option year.

The Jazz, with a record of 30-19, have slipped to fourth place in the Western Conference playoff standings while going 2-8 over their last 10 games.

Their 2020-21 season ended in disappointment when they were eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the playoffs after finishing with the best record in the NBA.

During Mitchell's time in Utah, the Jazz have yet to advance as far as the Western Conference Finals. They have been eliminated in the second round twice and first round twice.

Mitchell's father, Donovan Mitchell Sr., has worked for the Mets since 1999 and is currently their senior director of player relations.