This past offseason saw the New York Knicks nearly seal the deal for Donovan Mitchell, and that narrative of a possible partnership remains intriguing. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst highlights that despite being eligible, the prodigious shooting guard may not extend his tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mitchell’s status points toward unrestricted free agency in summer 2026, while he holds a player option for the 2025-26 season.
Given this evolving landscape, the Knicks may have another golden opportunity to woo Mitchell, especially remembering the Cavaliers’ postseason loss to them.
“The rumors about Donovan Mitchell and the New York Knicks still haven’t died down despite the Cleveland Cavaliers trading for Mitchell instead of the Knicks last season,” ESPN’s Andrew Lopez said. “Mitchell is extension-eligible this offseason, and if Cleveland thinks there’s even a chance Mitchell can get away, maybe they’ll look to see what value they can get for the player they just dealt to three players — including Lauri Markkanen – three first-round picks and two pick swaps for.”