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) If the New York Knicks want to outpace other interested teams, they may have to include Barrett in a potential trade for Donovan Mitchell, Some within the group are reportedly willing to do so.
SNY’s Ian Begley reports that the team’s previous stance on not wanting to include Duke products in the deal “has shifted,” with some disagreeing This idea is “open minded”.
This is following New York Post’s Mark Berman reported Saturday that head coach Tom Thibodeau would prefer to include Barrett in any trade than Quentin Thibodeau Grimes, in large part because of the latter’s defense and 3-point shooting.
According to Berman, “Thibodeau remains very interested in making Mitchell the Knicks.”
There may be some rivalry though, with Begley reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers have “bottomed out” with the Utah Jazz over the Mitchell trade. He also lined up the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets as previously reported interested teams.
Still, he called the situation “basically a Knicks trade flop,” especially since the Jazz The team is interested in Barrett, who could have multiple first-round picks and a combination of Grimes, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley.
Barrett is only 22 and could be a cornerstone for the Jazz as they turn to a rebuild after moving Rudy Gobert and Mitchell. Barrett averaged a career-high 20.0 points per game last season and 5.8 rebounds, and could make more progress with a bigger role in Utah.
From the Knicks’ perspective, it might be hard to lose him, but Mitchell is a three-time All-Star and arguably their biggest star since Carmelo Anthony.
The combination of Mitchell, Jaren Brunson and Julius Randle could get New York into the playoffs and maybe even convince other players to join the team as it tries Build a title contender.
This is the Knicks have won a single playoff series since the 1999-00 season Team. This level of consistent failure certainly wouldn’t be great in such a major market, and Mitchell can help change that.
Even doing this would cost the Barrett team.