Have you ever questioned as to whether or not Donovan Mitchell was untouchable? Well, now you know.
As reported by NY Times’ Marc Stein, prior to Kristaps Porzingis getting traded to the Mavericks, the New York Knicks reached out to the Utah Jazz inquiring about the availability of Donovan Mitchell.
The Knicks spent much of January quietly canvassing the league for potential Porzingis trades, according to a person familiar with the talks who was not authorized to discuss them publicly. They tried for untouchables such as Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and, predictably, were rebuffed.
The Knicks instead settled on trading Porzingis to the Mavericks in a multi-player deal that landed them Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan. Porzingis in Utah is a fun idea hypothetically, but obviously not at the cost of giving up the future cornerstone of Donovan Mitchell.
Porzingis will team up will fellow European Luka Doncic in Dallas, in what will be one of the most exciting young combos to watch once Porzingis returns to full health.