Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell’s name has been linked to the New York Knicks since the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. If you were a fan or part of the media in attendance during their first-round series, it was hard not to see the heavy presence of Knicks personnel in attendance for games three and four between the Jazz and Mavericks.
The Knicks were scouting Jalen Brunson, who they just signed to a four-year deal worth $100 million, and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz, who they also covet. They would like to pair those two guards in their backcourt to be a part of their future.
According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, Utah offered Mitchell to New York for six future first-round draft picks, plus Quentin Grimes, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, and Miles McBride. Still, the Knicks decided to hold off on that proposal.
One person who believes that the Knicks should not trade for Donovan Mitchell is Daniel Artest, who is the better of one-time Knick Ron Artest. Artist was on Spotify Live with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson and shared the Knick should stand pact.
“I don’t think they should go after Donovan Mitchell, to be honest. I think the Knicks should stand-pact with their team. They are finally becoming a viable franchise. Making great moves, great draft picks and developing their young talent. I don’t think they need to blow it up for a guard that’s 6 feet 1 that shoots a lot,” said Artest.
“I don’t think it moves the needle, and I don’t think it will lead to other stars coming to New York to play. I don’t think he knows what he is getting into playing in The Garden with that media and that fanbase.
It’s a different type of player. He could go in his first four games at The Garden and then have two bad games or go into a slump. It’s over for him, and it’s hard for a player to come back from that. You see what they did to Julius Randle. So, I think the Knicks need to stay the course and don’t rush to win, even if they get Donovan Mitchell. He is a high-scoring guy who reminds me of another Jerry Stackhouse type of person. Yeah, he can put points on the board, but what more can he do that can affect winning. I like what the Knicks are building. They need to stand pact.”
Brunson was introduced to the Knicks fans via a livestream in front of Knicks personnel, no media insight outside of MSG Network on Tuesday afternoon.