After NBA superstar Kevin Durant requested a trade this offseason, generating swirling rumors, it appears another superstar could beat him to the punch. Donovan Mitchell is reportedly being shopped by the Utah Jazz, who’ve already dealt Rudy Gobert this offseason and appear to be teetering on the edge of a rebuild.
After previously shutting down inquiries on moving All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, rival teams say the Utah Jazz are showing a willingness to listen on possible trade scenarios, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2022
Mitchell’s been one of the game’s elite guards for the last few years, with 2021-22 being arguably his best season yet. “The Spider” averaged 25.9 points per game and upped his pickpocket ability with an average of 1.5 steals per game, marks that were ninth and fourth in the NBA, respectively.
But now the 25-year-old is on the block, which is why Bodog has us up to date on the latest Donovan Mitchell odds. Since he grew up in the heart of New York, the Knicks enter as the -200 favorite for Mitchell’s services.
Donovan Mitchell Odds
|New York Knicks||-200|
Odds as of August 15 at Bodog
Why Are The Knicks (-200) Huge Favorites?
First, Mitchell grew up in Elmsford, New York, a small town about 30 miles northeast of Madison Square Garden. His father worked for the New York Mets, so Mitchell spent plenty of time in the city as a child, too.
With the current state of the NBA as it is, superstars of Mitchell’s caliber hold a lot of sway in where they end up. It seems likely, at this point, that the Louisville product would favor a deal to the Big Apple if everything comes together.
His personal connections to the city aren’t the only reason the Knicks hold the upper hand in the Donovan Mitchell next team odds. The Knicks have been relentless in their pursuit of Mitchell, but Utah has reportedly countered with an outrageous asking price for its star.
Earlier this offseason, the Jazz told the Knicks they could have Mitchell for the price of six (SIX!) future first-round picks and a package of players including Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley. New York obviously didn’t love that deal, but it’s clear the two teams are talking. Our sportsbooks see the Knicks as the faves if the two squads can hammer out the details.
Donovan Mitchell Odds: Best Value Pick
Brooklyn Nets (+1200)
Sure, the Knicks are the favorites in the Donovan Mitchell odds, but what about the Nets over yonder in Brooklyn?
The Nets are in complete disarray, managing trade requests from Durant and Irving, their two soon-to-be ex-Nets superstars. By adding Durant and Irving a few years ago, Brooklyn’s front office made a commitment to winning an NBA championship. A trade for Donovan Mitchell might just salvage that last glimmer of hope.
Durant and Irving aren’t likely to accept a trade to the Jazz, meaning a package for Mitchell could center around someone like Ben Simmons, whose potential has outweighed his NBA production so far. The Australian didn’t play a single game in 2021-22 but appears primed for a return to the court in 2022-23, where he’d give Utah an elite defensive skill set and room to improve at just 25 years old.
A Simmons-plus-picks swap for Mitchell would benefit both teams, which is why we like Brooklyn as a +1200 value bet.
Donovan Mitchell Odds: Best Pick
Miami Heat (+400)
Mitchell has his hometown ties to New York, but he’s also well connected to the Heat. Spida is close friends with Heat center Bam Adebayo, and the pair shared the court at the popular Miami Pro League this summer, where fans showered Mitchell with enthusiastic “MIAMI” chants.
Donovan Mitchell is feeling the love from Miami fans. 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/HbHLefdwaF— 305 Sports (@305Sportss) July 30, 2022
Heat fans want Mitchell’s services quite desperately, but that’s not why we like Miami at +400. Their squad has the depth to pull off a blockbuster trade. In exchange for Mitchell, the Heat could send Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson (whom they’ve tried to trade before) and picks to the Jazz. It’s almost too sweet a fit not to come true.
Just How Valuable Is Mitchell?
|Status||Games Played||Record (SU)||Average PPG||+/-|
|With Mitchell||384||235-149 (.612)||110.76||4.78|
|Without Mitchell||46||25-21 (.543)||112.41||4.33|
The SU record with Mitchell on the floor is what jumps out from this data. When Spida plays, the club is much better. The chart tells us the Jazz actually score more without Mitchell, but the win-loss and the plus-minus advantages suggest the 25-year-old brings intangible qualities (energy, confidence, leadership, etc.) that make him an invaluable NBA superstar.
Whichever club reels in Mitchell should understand that he is a player with a skill set built for winning, and the numbers back up that theory.
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Where will Donovan Mitchell get traded?
The New York Knicks (-200) are the heavy favorites to trade for Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. Place a bet on Spida's next landing spot at our NBA betting sites.
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