The Utah Jazz has traded star guard Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to many reports.
The Cavaliers will send three players, three unprotected first-round picks, and two pick swops in return.
That obviously did not come to fruition, and Mitchell is now a Cleveland Cavalier after the Cavs engineered a blockbuster trade for the three-time All-Star.
Mitchell, 25, averaged 25.9 points and 5.3 assists per game last year.
The Jazz trading Mitchell to the Cavaliers instead of the Knicks leaves all three teams on completely different paths.
Utah is in full-on rebuilding mode after dealing its two stars in Mitchell and Rudy Gobert for a treasure trove of picks and players.
The Knicks look like they'll be in contention for the playoffs after adding guard Jalen Brunson over the offseason, but adding Mitchell could have given them another boost.
On the other hand, the Knicks won't mortgage their future by going all-in for Mitchell. They can now develop their young players and keep adding to the roster with their own first-round picks.
Championship contention doesn't appear on the horizon, but the Knicks at least appear to be going in the right direction for once.
Now they'll work with Mitchell, who could very well turn the Cavs into an Eastern Conference title contender.