Utah Jazz to Extend Star Guard Donovan Mitchell to the Rookie Max
Donovan Mitchell ain’t going anywhere.
The Utah Jazz plan to finalize a new deal with their star guard Donovan Mitchell as soon free agency kicks off this offseason. Mitchell is eligible for a rookie scale extension this Fall which will pay him five-years, $170-million.
“Once my teammates told me they wanted to play, then I was all in. I couldn’t make it all about myself,” Mitchell said after Utah’s Game 7 loss to the Utah Jazz.“There are younger guys who aren’t established in this league and needed this time to show their value. It would have been selfish of me to stand in the way of that. I couldn’t let my contract get in the way of the bigger picture. I had to rely on God. If I got hurt, it was God’s will. But I put my trust in Him and didn’t worry about potentially getting injured. That allowed me to go out there and play. My faith was in God.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 2, 2020
The Jazz became only the 12th team in NBA history to blow a 3-1 series lead, but Mitchell did just about everything humanly possible to assure the Jazz prevailed. In seven playoff games, Mitchell averaged 36.3 points on 52.9 percent shooting from the field, hitting 51.6 percent of his three-pointers.
The contract is expected to be finalized in mid-October according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.