Here’s how Quentin Grimes made the Knicks Donovan Mitchell deal more difficult

Watching Quentin Grimes play basketball is to love him, which is why the New York Knicks are reluctant to part with him in a potential deal with Donovan Mitchell. As a 3D winger, Grimes is highly valued as he enters his second season in the league.

In fact, if Mitchell’s deal doesn’t go through, the expectation seems to be that Grimes will be the number one New York guard to shoot Evan Fournier. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the Knicks have concerns about a backyard for Galen Bronson-Fournier, but Grimes will fix that.

The 22-year-old put on a solid summer league performance in Las Vegas last month, averaging 22.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.2 steals in five games. Keegan Murray was named the league’s MVP, but Grimes still earned the summer first team honors.

During the summer league, Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Utah Jazz believed they had an interest in the Grimes. However, according to Tony Jones of The Athletic, who was a guest on ESPN 700, the Knicks are reported to be reluctant to send Grimes to jazz.

The Knicks are reportedly not interested in trading Quentin Grimes with the Jazz in a Donovan Mitchell deal

Here’s what Jones had to say about it:

“The only player [the Knicks] Trying not to get into the deal is Quentin Grimes. They don’t want Quentin Grimes in the deal under any circumstances. And the #1 player the Jazz wants in the deal is Quentin Grimes. And I feel like Jazz is really reluctant to cut a deal that doesn’t include Quentin Grimes. I can tell you that the Knicks are capable of giving Jazz Obi Tobin, who is really young and high energy, high forward power, but Quentin Grimes is a major sticking point at this point.”

So, we’ve learned that New York is not willing to send the majority of its eight tradable first-round picks to Utah (which is presumably the reason the talks stalled), and we now know that the organization has not shown a willingness to include the Grimes.

But according to Jones, the Knicks are open to sending Obi Tobin to jazz. There was talk of a Julius Randle deal happening after the Mitchell deal, but the main reason fans want it to happen is that Toppin could become a New York starter, which certainly wouldn’t happen if he went to jazz.

Clearly, Knicks are adamant about retaining Grimes as another example of local New York talent, but if the deal were to come down to Grimes staying or leaving, it would be hard to imagine the front office drawing the line there.

And after all, Mitchell could very well remain at Utah State at the start of the 2022-23 season. There’s no rush for a deal as he still has three guaranteed years on his contract, but you can almost assume the 25-year-old doesn’t want to be at Utah during the 2024-25 season.

The Knicks have had their eyes on Mitchell for a while now and if a deal does happen and Grimes aren’t included, it would be a huge win for the front office.

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