Report: 'Matter of time' until Donovan Mitchell comes to Knicks

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The Knicks look like a team going nowhere fast after dropping five of their last six games, and with the trade deadline approaching, it would likely take multiple changes for New York to work its way back to where it was at the end of last year, when a surprising surge led by Julius Randle resulted in a fourth-seeded finish in the Eastern Conference.

Looking beyond this season, the outlook for the Knicks is still much brighter than in years past, but not as promising as things appeared to be at the end of last season. Randle no longer looks like a franchise centerpiece, while Evan Fournier hasn’t panned out as the team’s big free agent signing, and while RJ Barrett has looked terrific of late, his streakiness throughout the season still is a cause for concern.

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But in the NBA, the addition of one star could change the entire landscape of a franchise, and some around the league reportedly believe it is only a matter of time before one comes to New York.

According to Ric Bucher of Fox Sports, there is “incessant buzz around the league” about Donovan Mitchell’s future in Utah, particularly that many in Mitchell’s circle believe he is too big of a star for Salt Lake City. Bucher also adds that some believe it is only “a matter of time” before Mitchell takes his talents to Madison Square Garden.

Per Bucher, one Eastern Conference scout said that the Jazz are “a first-round exit from Donovan being in New York.”

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Mitchell is a New York native and a die-hard Mets fan, thanks to his father Donovan Mitchell Sr., who is still a member of the organization. His name has always come up in potential stars that could come rescue the Knicks, and it seems that many believe the two-time All-Star would be heading to the Big Apple if the Jazz aren’t able to take the next step this season. Utah stormed out of the gates but have faltered against fellow contenders of late, and currently sit fourth in the conference.

Of course, there would be many hurdles to clear for Mitchell to come to New York. First, he would have to express a desire to leave the Jazz, and after that, Utah would have to execute a trade with Mitchell signing a five-year extension in 2020, so he won’t be an unrestricted free agent for another four years. But Mitchell, who is shooting a career-best 45 percent from the field while averaging 25.5 points per game, would be a massive boost to New York’s credibility and its quest to finally become a contender.

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