The Utah Jazz seem to be on the verge of a rebuild after recent rumors indicated that the organization is willing to listen to trade proposals for All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell. Rudy Gobert was sold to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a slew of draft selections and promising young players earlier this month.
In order to get Mitchell, the Jazz have begun negotiations with the New York Knicks, who are interested in trading their shooting guard. While the Knicks can provide the Jazz with a boatload of future draft selections and some promising young players, the Miami Heat are also interested in the agile guard.
Utah rejected an offer from the Heat for Mitchell before they traded Gobert, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Now, Andy Larsen of ESPN reports that the Jazz have requested a third club in a possible trade for Mitchell because that agreement was deemed “insufficient.”
Why Heat need another club to acquire Mitchell
Similar to the Kevin Durant scenario, the Heat will need a third and maybe a fourth club in order to get the star. Even so, this isn’t because of the Designated Rookie Rule, which prevents teams from trading for Designated Rookie players while already having one of those players on a Designated Rookie contract.
The Miami side may not have enough draft capital to make a transaction, which is why this is happening. They only have two transferable first-round selection choices they can use to acquire Mitchell, compared to the up to eight first-round draft picks the Knicks can give, and that’s even before considering any players.