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Report: Jazz star Donovan Mitchell agrees to 5-year designated rookie max extension worth up to $195 million

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Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell has agreed to a five-year designated rookie maximum extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is guaranteed for $163 million, with the possibility of jumping up to $195 million if Mitchell hits All-NBA criteria in 2020-21.

While the Jazz blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets in the first round this past season, Mitchell put forth a heroic performance in the series and will be a face of the franchise for years to come. Mitchell averaged a whopping 36.3 points while shooting 52.9% overall and 51.6% on 3-pointers in the seven-game series against Denver. The 24-year-old added 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

For the season, Mitchell averaged a career-high 24.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.3 minutes per game. He shot 44.9% overall and 36.6% from 3-land, both also career-high marks.

The Jazz finished with a 44-28 record this past season to finish sixth in the Western Conference. Utah has made the playoffs in all three of Mitchell’s seasons since he was the 13th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, advancing to the second round in his rookie season but losing in the first round the least two years.

While there were questions about Mitchell’s relationship with fellow All-Star Rudy Gobert after they both got COVID-19 earlier this year, it seems that beef is past them. Gobert is eligible for a supermax this offseason, so it will be interesting to see if the Jazz commit to him as well.

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