Fellow stars react to Donovan Mitchell securing the bag with the Jazz
There’s been a flurry of deals flying through the first few days of free agency, and the Utah Jazz made sure to make their case for Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz backed up the Brinks truck for Mitchell on Sunday, as he agreed to a five-year, $195 million designated rookie max extension.
Players around the NBA are loving Donovan Mitchell's reported max deal 💰 pic.twitter.com/zx6133GTHr
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 22, 2020
The 24-year old is coming off a 44-28 record with the Jazz during the 2019-20 season, though they failed to get past the first round of the playoffs after getting eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference.
Mitchell was spectacular for the majority of the season. He averaged 24 points per game while connecting on 44 percent of his shots from the field.
It was a foregone conclusion at one point in the season that the Jazz may be looking to reshape their roster given the reported rift between Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, which would more than likely see Gobert shipped off as the franchise continued to build around Mitchell. The Louisville standout was frustrated with Gobert after contracting COVID-19 in March, which was widely speculated to be from Gobert’s mishandling of the virus.
Now, the two have seemed to patch things up ahead of next season, as the Jazz front office plans to work on reaching an extension agreement with Gobert at some point in the offseason.