Jazz news: Utah exercises third-year option on Donovan Mitchell
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Jazz exercise third-year option on Donovan Mitchell

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The Utah Jazz have exercised the third-year option on second-year shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, the team announced Wednesday in a press release. Mitchell will make $3.1 million this season and $3.6 million next year.

Mitchell burst onto the scene last season and is primed to have an even better campaign in year two. In 79 games during his rookie year, Mitchell averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 34.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 80.5 percent from the free-throw line. He made the All-Rookie team and was the runner-up to Ben Simmons for the Rookie of the Year award.

Mitchell and the Jazz defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2018 playoffs in six games. The explosive scorer has drawn comparisons to a young Dwayne Wade. He’s a high-flyer at the guard position and can score from all areas of the floor. He’s also built mentally like a superstar player. He has that killer mindset already and plays with a chip on his shoulder.

The Jazz have an extremely bright future with Donovan Mitchell as the main cog. He’s a humble player and puts in hard work day in and day out. Expect Mitchell to be an All-Star this season and carry the Jazz to new heights in the rugged Western Conference.