Donovan Mitchell agrees to max extension with Utah Jazz

Henrietta Brewer
November 23, 2020

Donovan Mitchell has proven to the Utah Jazz that he can be a franchise cornerstone and they rewarded him with a max rookie extension on Sunday.

With Mitchell signed, the Jazz can turn their attention to Rudy Gobert and his potential contract extension.

The total value of the deal could rise to as much as $195 million if Mitchell meets certain pre-established criteria thanks to what is informally known as the Rose Rule. He earned his first All-Star appearance during the 2019-20 season and finished the pandemic-shortened season averaging 24 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.

Mitchell has led the Jazz to the Western Conference playoffs in each of his three seasons in Utah and was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year to Philadelphia's Ben Simmons. He averaged 24.0 points per game last season while also setting career bests in assists (4.3 per game), field goal percentage (.449), 3-point percentage (.366) and free throw percentage (.863). For the supermax to kick in, Mitchell will need to make one of the three All-NBA teams over the life of the contract, something his play is on track to accomplish.

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