Donovan Mitchell’s controversial response when asked if he’ll request trade from Jazz
The Utah Jazz were bounced from the NBA Playoffs on Thursday following their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of their first-round series. Donovan Mitchell addressed the media after the loss amid rumors regarding his future in Utah, as links with a move away from the Jazz have surfaced. When talking to reporters on Saturday, Mitchell didn’t shut the door on a possible departure from the Jazz, stating instead that he hasn’t started thinking about the future yet following Utah’s early postseason exit.
Reporter: "There's discussion that you could potentially ask for a trade. Could you address that?"
Donovan Mitchell: "My goal & my mindset is to win. Right now, I'm not really looking at that… This hurts. I'll think about it in a week & go from there."pic.twitter.com/6LmBZNOI2N
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 30, 2022
“My mindset is to win, you know. Like I said, right now, I’m not really looking at that. For me, I just want to win,” Mitchell said regarding whether or not he could ask for a trade from the Jazz this offseason. “This hurts, and like I said, I will think about in a week and kind of go from there. But right now, I’m not really thinking about any of that. To be completely honest with you, I’m not. I said that earlier in the year, I’m just not thinking about that.”
That certainly won’t cool down any rumors of a potential offseason trade involving Mitchell, who has long since been linked to the New York Knicks, though there would surely be other possible suitors if he does request a trade.
Mitchell struggled in the playoff series against the Mavericks but otherwise had a solid season in Utah, averaging 25.9 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. The 25-year-old New York native is under contract with the Jazz through the 2025-26 season. He signed a five-year, $163 million deal with the Jazz in 2020.