Donovan Mitchell is a three-time All-Star. He’s a difference-maker at only 25 years of age. He is a New Yorker who understands the pressure that comes with playing for the Knicks, and is repped by CAA, the agency Knicks president Leon Rose once ran.
But this isn’t free agency. This isn’t Jalen Brunson. To land Mitchell, who reportedly is available via trade from the rebuilding Jazz, it would take a haul. That could mean franchise building block RJ Barrett and other young players. It likely would mean several first-round draft picks.
“In the first two years, it could benefit [the Knicks]. But it could backfire later on,” an NBA scout told The Post, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I like Mitchell, but he hasn’t gotten out of the second round, and he’s had two really, really good teams in Utah.