Trade/FA Rumors: Mitchell, Durant, Ayton, Pacers

After reporting on The Hoop Collective (video link) earlier this week Donovan Mitchell asked about the jazz‘s plan following the trades of the team at Rudy Gobert and Royce O’NealeBrian Windhorst said during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up Thursday that the Star Guard is not about to ask for a trade (video link).

“After trading with Gobert, there was a belief that maybe Mitchell would be next, and maybe eventually he will be.” said Windhorst. “But for now, the Jazz are telling people they have no intention of trading him, and on Mitchell’s side he will remain godfather. He will not be enforcing any action at this time.”

Reports at the time of the Gobert trade suggested the Jazz were planning to retool their roster around Mitchell, while later reports suggested teams still believed the 25-year-old was up for grabs at the right price. Unless Mitchell expresses a desire to leave Utah, it seems highly unlikely that jazz will move him this offseason.

Here are a few more trade and free agency rumors from around the NBA:

  • Although ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski still believes a Kevin Durant The trade is likely, he said during an appearance on NBA Today (video link) that it’s “absolutely” possible that the former MVP will end up staying with the NBA nets into autumn. “Brooklyn, you don’t have to make a deal you don’t want to make. You don’t have to talk yourself into a deal.” said Wojnarowski. “At the same time, as Kevin Durant looks at the situation, might he look at it differently over time? That is certainly a possibility.” Wojnarowski explained that he believes Durant might reconsider his trade request if his potential new team would have to strip his roster to trade for him.
  • During an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up on Thursday (video link), Windhorst said the Durant sweepstakes may not generate the frenzy the networks were hoping for. “When the Nets put it on the market, they probably thought there was going to be a huge bidding war.” said Windhorst. “And while there’s a lot of interest, as far as I can tell the bidding war isn’t really hot right now. The teams have made their offers and they don’t really feel the need to raise them.”
  • According to Windhorst, the return Utah received in the Gobert trade complicated Durant negotiations: “The Nets responded[to the Gobert trade]by saying, ‘The price of Durant just went up,’ and the rest of the league kind of says, ‘We don’t think so. We don’t want to pay that price. We didn’t like that trade,’” Windhorst acknowledged that talks could heat up as team leaders gather in Las Vegas for Summer League starting this week.
  • Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro 98.7 (Twitter link) believes that we can see action on the Deandre Ayton Front before the end of the week, adding that he had heard “rumblings” about the possibility of pacemaker signing the to sunbathe‘ Free Agent Center limited to one offer sheet.