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Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant Lead Latest NBA Rumors

Training camp is a month away and rumors are still flying.

The NBA season is fast approaching. In two months, the NBA season will kick off. The official first game is slated for October 18th. The thing is, there are a lot of storylines and possible moves that may go down before this all takes place. A piece in The Athletic today detailed that the talks between two big teams and a big player are still happening.

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell is a bonafide stud. Mitchell is coming off of his finest season. For the 2021-22 season, Mitchell averaged 25.9 PPG. He posted or matched career highs in steals per game, and assists per game. For the stat heads, he also set career highs in PER (21.6) and VORP (3.6) which are terrific numbers. This describes a player who isn't just a volume scorer or a ball handler. Mitchell is the real deal.

In the Athletic piece, the bomb was dropped.

"The Knicks and Jazz had a fresh trade conversation within the past week about potential packages for Mitchell, according to sources. There is no traction between the two teams on a deal, and no Mitchell trade is imminent for the Jazz, sources said. The Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards are also among the teams pursuing Mitchell, those sources said."

If this sounds familiar, it is. Back in mid-July, the Knicks and Jazz were in talks about a possible Mitchell deal, but after summer league those talks cooled. Training camp is just under a month away, so the talks are back on. The problem with these potential deals is that Utah has an understandably high price tag for trading their franchise stud who still has three years left on his contract.

That does not mean it will not happen. The Jazz stunned the NBA world when they dealt Rudy Gobert. They're not a team who is afraid of shaking things up. The hardest part to understand is why they would want to trade Mitchell at all. Perhaps the Jazz want to rebuild with fresh pieces. Still, Mitchell is the kind of player you build around, not deal.

Kevin Durant Rumors

The NBA's most aggressive front-runner is still the hot talk of NBA rumors. The latest rumors involved Durant himself squashing the idea that he would rather retire than play for the Nets again. This aligns with Durant's history. There's no championship team to front run if he retires. Durant was emphatic, posting to Twitter.

"I know most people will believe unnamed sources over me but if it’s anyone out there that’ll listen, I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon. Sh*t is comical at this point."

Durant's indignation would hold more water if he wasn't a complete sideshow distraction every time he has the slightest disharmony with whatever team he has derailed to get himself there. Durant seems to be criticizing the toxicity and silly rumors he has created for himself. The Nets wanted to trade him to Boston for Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Understandably, Boston did not want to trade their two franchise players, hot off an NBA Finals appearance, for a 34-year-old primadonna who has nuked every team he has been to.

Last Thoughts

The Nets did a lot of damage to their franchise to bring in Kevin Durant. I would like to see them hold firm and force him to play or sit out. Durant needs to learn that his other-worldly talent does not mean he can force any deal he wants. As for Mitchell, it is hard to see what team will give up heavy NBA talent and draft picks for him, but Mitchell would certainly improve any team who acquires him.