After months of New York Knicks-Donovan Mitchell trade rumors, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski ended the speculation with a simple tweet. In a surprise move, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Utah Jazz struck a deal for the three-time All-Star to head to ‘The Land.’
After being linked to the Knicks, another star has ended up elsewhere, although it’s not as bad as it seems for New York. Yes, the Knicks would’ve benefitted from having Mitchell on the roster, but Danny Ainge’s asking price was far too high. If New York would’ve given Utah what it was looking for, the team still would’ve been clowned.
All that matters now is that it’s finally over. After the saga was drawn out for far longer than it should’ve been, the Knicks can now move forward. With 47 days left until the start of the 2022-23 season, it’s time to look at where New York stands after the Donovan Mitchell aftermath.
3 ripple effects of the Knicks not trading for Donovan Mitchell
3: Knicks possibly still making a trade
Leon Rose and the front office have been stockpiling assets to bring a star to New York, and even though the Knicks didn’t get Donovan Mitchell, they could still make another trade before the start of (or during) the 2022-23 season.
New York Post’s Marc Berman reported on Thursday morning that Cam Reddish was interested in “a change of scenery.” The 23-year-old took to Instagram to say that he never requested a trade, but his role in New York is unclear, so perhaps the Knicks will end up trading him to a team such as the Lakers before the season-opener in October.
Then there’s also Evan Fournier. If a deal for Mitchell would’ve gone through, the 3-point shooter might’ve been included in it. New York’s been adamant about keeping Quentin Grimes, who should be the team’s new starting shooting guard, so maybe Fournier could still be on the way out, whether it be before the start of the season or before the trade deadline in February.
And hey, maybe the Knicks will do what most fans have been waiting for and trade Julius Randle…