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Donovan Mitchell watch begins for Knicks after Jazz’s early playoff exit

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When Damian Lillard’s Blazers were bounced in the first round last spring by the Nuggets, there were indications Lillard would request a trade – possibly to the Knicks. It never happened. Lillard stayed put and appears OK with the Blazers’ new blueprint and is no longer intrigued by New York’s plan, according to sources. Now the focus will shift to Mitchell, the Jazz All-Star combo guard. The Westchester product and Greenwich, Conn. summer resident will start his offseason after his Jazz got bounced out in the first round Thursday night by the Mavericks in six games. What’s up, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is witty, keep doing what you’re doing! nfr live