Could the Knicks still finalize a deal with Donovan Mitchell?

After being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Donovan Mitchell stood out in the smaller market in his sixth season. Leading his team to a solid 51-win season and averaging a career-best 28 points per game in 2022, Mitchell was simply at the box office; with 71 career-high box office points. If there’s any opportunity for the Knicks to acquire a player of Mitchell’s caliber, New York should jump at the opportunity.

Mitchell’s time in Cleveland may be short-lived. Washington Post NBA writer Tim Bontemps expressed doubts about Cleveland’s ability to retain superstardom, saying, “I don’t think there’s any chance he’ll sign an extension there ever. And if it were up to me, I’d trade Donovan Mitchell today.”

However, a deal with Mitchell is unlikely to be finalized mid-season. New York would do well to wait until the summer as matching Donovan’s salary via trade would likely lead the Knicks to part ways with one of their best young players in Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson, or RJ Barrett.