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Report: Jazz prioritizing draft picks in Donovan Mitchell trade

Jazz star Donovan Mitchell

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 23: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz talks to the media after Round 1 Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks on April 23, 2022 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Jazz are reportedly listening to Donovan Mitchell trade offers. With those talks occurring, there’s opportunity for another leak:

What does Utah want for the star guard?

Ian Begley of SNY:

Also on the Mitchell front, teams monitoring the situation believe the Jazz currently are prioritizing draft picks in a return for Mitchell.

That bodes well for the Knicks, who were most strongly connected to Mitchell, anyway. New York has all its own first-round picks plus extras from the Wizards, Pistons, Mavericks and Bucks.

Other teams with extra first-rounders: Thunder, Rockets, Pelicans, Pacers, Spurs, Grizzlies. Maybe New Orleans or Memphis would pursue Mitchell. The rest of those teams seem too far from winning to push their chips in for Mitchell.

Of course, other teams could turn this into a multi-team trade to land Mitchell, sending out valuable players and routing Utah its desired picks with the valuable players landing elsewhere. There are plenty of places Mitchell would make sense.

After the Jazz traded Rudy Gobert for a picks-heavy package, it’d make sense for them to fully embrace rebuilding. Danny Ainge loaded up on picks then built the core of a Celtics team that could contend for championships for years. He might be pursuing a similar model in Utah.