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The Real Reason Why the Knicks Failed to Land Donovan Mitchell

Chris Broussard: “Do you think the Knicks blew it getting Donovan Mitchell?”

Ric Bucher: “I think where they blew it was being so out front for the last year that they were going to get Donovan Mitchell. I was told last week that the Jazz would be willing to take a lesser deal from another team than send him to the Knicks, and if they were going to send him to the Knicks it would have to be a deal that was so lop-sided that it made the Knicks look stupid for doing it. The Jazz wanted to extract a pound of flesh because for the last year – and we all heard it from the Knicks – it was like a foregone conclusion that the Knicks wanted Donovan Mitchell, so they were just going to swoop in and take him. The Jazz were kind of ticked off by that, wondering how invested Donovan was being there thinking he had one foot out the door -- 'could we have been a different team if that hadn’t been the case?' My understanding is that the last offer that the Knicks made included RJ, Quickley, ’24 and ’26 unprotected Knicks picks, the right to swap ’25 and ’27, Milwaukee’s first-round pick in ’25, and two second-round picks. If you tell me that you’re going to give me Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett vs. Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, and the rookie [Ochai Agbaji], to me RJ Barrett is the better package. I look at the difference between the unprotected picks – the unprotected picks for the New York Knicks are better than the unprotected picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers, so I feel as if the Knicks made an offer that was better than what the Cavs offered, but because there was a little bit of spiteful feeling it was going to cost them more.” (Full Segment Above)

Listen to NBA insider and FS1 host Ric Bucher join The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker to explain the real reason why the New York Knicks lost out on acquiring New York native Donovan Mitchell this offseason despite appearing like the heavy favorites to land the former Jazz All-Star.

Check out the segment above as Bucher details how the Jazz were reportedly angered by the Knicks’ arrogant belief that trading for Mitchell was going to be a foregone conclusion, and ended up taking a lesser deal from the Cleveland Cavaliers simply out of spite.

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