The NBA off-season has been a whirlwind of speculations, and one name that has been continuously making the rounds is that of Donovan Mitchell. Not extending his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers has set the rumor mills on fire, especially with the New York Knicks showing keen interest.
During his recent chat on "The Bill Simmons Podcast," noted NBA insider Howard Beck weighed in on Mitchell's inclinations. "Last we knew, Donovan Mitchell still had his sights set on New York," remarked Beck. He added that the Cavaliers would need an impeccable season opener to retain the four-time NBA All-Star.
"The clock's ticking for the Cavs, especially with Mitchell's player option in 2025 looming. Next summer, he's essentially in his walk year." After a stellar five-season stint with the Utah Jazz, Mitchell transitioned to the Cavaliers and put up arguably the best stats of his career.
With a remarkable average of 28.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, he secured his spot in the All-NBA Second Team. However, the season concluded on a bitter note for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Knicks in the first playoff round, despite the homecourt benefit.
Mitchell's Contract Focus
Elaborating on his contract situation, Mitchell conveyed earlier this month, "While I do have the option to extend next summer, my immediate priority remains the game. The goal is simple – be the best and bring a title to Cleveland." Meanwhile, the Knicks' allure for Mitchell isn't new.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Post reports that the Knicks' aspirations to bolster their lineup, featuring Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, continues to be strong. The team had their eyes set on Mitchell last year, but the Utah Jazz bagged the deal, setting him on a stellar trajectory in Cleveland until the playoffs.
The Knicks are also reportedly interested in stars like Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns. With Mitchell approaching the last year of his contract and the possibility of him opting for free agency in the 2024-25 season, his market value might see a dip, making the chase even more exciting.