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Report: Jazz talked Donovan Mitchell trades before dealing Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz looks on before the Round 1 Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks on April 25, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. 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 Cooper Neill/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Before and even after trading Rudy Gobert to the Timberwolves, the Jazz were reportedly shutting down Donovan Mitchell trade calls. Mitchell reportedly planned to stand pat rather than force a trade from Utah.

Then, the Jazz were reportedly suddenly engaging teams about a Mitchell trade.

What changed?

Probably nothing – other than the reporting.

Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune:

Sometimes NBA executives are not entirely truthful to the public and the press. Shocker, I know.
No, the Jazz were not 100 percent committed to building around Donovan Mitchell in the wake of the Rudy Gobert trade on July 1. They had discussed Mitchell trades before then as well.

Larsen elaborated on this on the ProBasketballTalk Podcast.

The Knicks seemingly got close on a Mitchell trade last week. A completed deal while it was being reported the Jazz were shutting down even calls on Mitchell would’ve made anyone who reported the Jazz were shutting down calls on Mitchell look silly. So, reports were updated as if the situation had changed.

My forward-looking takeaway: A Mitchell trade looks even more likely. This isn’t a team merely doing due diligence. Utah has been working on its long-term plan for a while, and trading Mitchell appears to be a likely step.