The sands are running out for the Utah Jazz’s tenured duo of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. The writing was on the wall after the tandem suffered NBA playoff heartbreak year after year.
Infamously cold executive Danny Ainge was brought into Utah to either build a contender around the two stars or detonate the core in the most spectacular and shrewd way possible.
After the Jazz’s latest postseason stinker, a first-round defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks — a team that played without their best player, Luka Doncic, for three out of six games — there’s no doubt that Utah needs to shake up their roster. What could be questioned is to what degree?
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert’s relationship is probably beyond repair and trading at least one of them will be the quickest way to craft another title contender around the other.
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It doesn’t help that Mitchell is now uncertain about the franchise’s future after Quin Snyder stepped down. If the All-Star guard chooses to take matters into his own hands this offseason, there will be no shortage of potential trade suitors for Mitchell.
If Mitchell is to be traded, here are some of the best and worst possible landing spots for his new team.