This came after weeks of the team vowing that wasn’t the case and that Mitchell would be playing in Salt Lake City when the new season began.
But there were some people who suspected the Jazz were actually willing to hear out possible deals for Mitchell, especially after they sent away Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
When the news of Mitchell’s possible departure hit the web, everyone started guessing where he would land.
Mitchell moving on from Utah seemed like a foregone conclusion to many; an inevitability that was only a matter of time.
Not so fast, says NBA analyst Tony Jones.
Let’s be clear about this: the Jazz are currently not close to a Donovan Mitchell trade. And much like Gobert, they have no issues whatsoever in keeping him. Either a team is going to meet the bar to make this a convo, or he will be with the Jazz. They are not giving him away
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) July 12, 2022
“Let’s be clear about this: the Jazz are currently not close to a Donovan Mitchell trade,” Jones said.
He continued: “And much like Gobert, they have no issues whatsoever in keeping him. Either a team is going to meet the bar to make this a convo, or he will be with the Jazz. They are not giving him away.”
Jones has a good point: just because Utah is interested in hearing offers doesn’t mean they will actually agree to one.
A number of teams could offer something substantial in order to get Mitchell but the Jazz aren’t going to agree to just anything.
It’s a lot like the Kevin Durant drama with the Brooklyn Nets: the Nets will not settle, they will only send Durant away for a comprehensive package that is really worth it.
There is a very good chance that Mitchell is still a Jazz player when the new season starts.
Unless another team makes them an offer they can’t refuse, that is.NEXT: Rudy Gobert And The Jazz Reportedly Agreed On A Sad Fact