It seems like All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell will remain with Utah Jazz for a foreseeable future. According to The Athletic’s Tony Jones, Mitchell and Jazz are bound to agree to a max contract extension in the near future.
Jones reports that Mitchell is “genuinely loves playing for the Jazz,” and that the 23-year-old will ink a new deal with the franchise “at some point before next season.” The exact timeline is unclear mostly due to the fact that the current NBA season has been suspended due to coronavirus.
Mitchell played 63 games so far in 2019/20, averaging career-high 24.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game alongside 4.1 assists and 1.0 steals. He made his first All-Star team this season as well, making the cut as a Western Conference reserve.
Utah Jazz will most likely jump on the opportunity to tie their franchise cornerstone to a long-term deal after learning their lesson with Gordon Hayward. Jazz allowed Hayward to hit the restricted free agency without offering him a deal in 2014, and only decided to retain him after Charlotte Hornets offered him a max contract. Hayward remembered this and didn’t even consider Utah in 2017 when he became an unrestricted free agent.