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Knicks' pursuit of Donovan Mitchell hits another roadblock

Knicks' pursuit of Donovan Mitchell hits another roadblock

In recent weeks, the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz have been engaged in trade talks centered around All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell.

However, after the Knicks extended RJ Barrett, the negotiations have hit a roadblock, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

The Poison Pill provision makes it much more difficult to trade Barrett this year, as his outgoing salary in a trade would be $10.9 million, but his incoming salary for the team acquiring him would be $26.2 million. This restriction won't be lifted until July 1, 2023.

Knicks president Leon Rose gave the Jazz a Monday-night deadline to agree to a Mitchell trade. When the two sides failed to consummate a deal, New York proceeded with the Barrett extension instead.

Wojnarowski notes that a Knicks-Jazz trade involving Mitchell isn't impossible, it's just much tougher. The Poison Pill restriction certainly complicates things.

Bobby Marks of ESPN tweeted this helpful breakdown that shows why it's much tougher to deal Barrett now due to the Poison Pill provision:

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