Donovan Mitchell trade: Knicks got another star, but RJ Barrett and future flexibility were more than worth it

Donovan Mitchell was suddenly traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. It’s not an unreasonable takeaway. Nicks finally has to actually hook one of those big fish he’s always trolling.

But a wrong deal can have as much impact on a franchise as a right one. Of all the stars the Knicks have acquired, was Mitchell the one they’ve been chasing more or less lately?

First off, are you sure Donovan Mitchell is a superstar? he is attacking He’s proven he’s doing great in the playoffs, and that’s very important. But Mitchell-Jarren Branson has a very small backcourt and sounds defensively vulnerable. giving up would have put them far away from the chance of chasing another All-Star.

How good is the pairing of Mitchell and Branson, especially without Barrett’s size and defensive support? Still, you’ll probably end up watching his team in the low-end playoffs.

The deal Utah got from Cleveland — Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, 2022 No. 14 overall Ochai Agbazi, three unprotected first-round picks and rights to two future pick swaps — A better deal than New York offered. New York is believed to have made an offer to Barrett, but Danny Ainge, a certified thief in these negotiations, wanted more unprotected picks. It was wise not to give up.

Perhaps the Knicks really had to rack up the nominations to beat the solid package of players Utah acquired from Cleveland. Again, Mitchell is really good. But how good? Let’s say the Knicks send 5 unprotected 3 or 4 picks to get Mitchell. That won’t empty New York’s basket (it has 8 trade-eligible future picks), but it will leave just 3 debatable future picks to participate in future trade talks. Oklahoma City and Houston will likely be a few years away from being ready to shatter everyone else’s offers.

Again, I’m not saying that Knicks going all-in on Mitchell was clearly going in the wrong direction. New York reportedly believed the Branson-Mitchell duo had attracted another star. There is room for debate as to whether or not

Ultimately, had the Knicks been able to keep Barrett, I would have favored adding more unprotected picks to acquire Mitchell. I think Barrett can grow to be an All-Star and if Branson becomes an All-Star level player then we have your big three. You can package him in. Alternatively, you can trade Barrett. This was still enough wiggle room to feel comfortable.

but give up valet When A bunch of unprotected picks was a bridge too far. that very. Once disappointment with another star subsides, Knicks fans will have to see or see they are in a pretty good position to move forward. A very good player and takes the ball out of Randall’s exclusive hands. Barrett has time to continue developing, and most importantly, these future trade-eligible draft picks are still in the holster.

There could be a massive cap spike in 2025, when new TV deals start, and New York could also be close to the largest space in years. You have options. You extend him if he is worth it. If not, he becomes a trade piece. It’s called flexibility, and it’s better than depleting the asset pool and overextending yourself just for Mitchell to become the No. 6 seed.

Repeat one last time. A rational thinker can challenge this stance I have taken. The Knicks have to have a true star at some point, and Mitchell is a star. In my opinion, he’s not a superstar, but he’s a legitimate star. If you think the Knicks should have given up more unprotected picks and barretts and thought about the rest later, it’s understandable, especially with Houston and OKC lurking as monsters to open up trades in a few years. Not a place to fall, but this is not a definite situation. This was a difficult decision either way. Only time will tell if the Knicks made the right choice.

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