Donovan Mitchell Signs Max Extension With Jazz

NOVEMBER 24: The Jazz have officially signed Mitchell to his new five-year extension, per the NBA’s transactions log. According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter link), the deal features a 15% trade kicker.

NOVEMBER 22: Jazz star Donovan Mitchell will sign a maximum rookie scale extension, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will cover five seasons, starting in 2021/22, and will include a fifth-year player option for the ’25/26 season, reports ESPN’s Bobby Marks (via Twitter).

Mitchell will be guaranteed 25% of the salary cap, which would make the total value of the deal around $163MM over five years. That figure could rise to 30% if he meets All-NBA criteria for the upcoming season, which would put the contract in the neighborhood of $195MM. Those projections rely on an annual 3% increase in the cap, so the actual value could vary.

Mitchell will earn about $5.2MM in 2020/21, the last year of his rookie contract, before the extension officially begins a year from now.

The 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft, Mitchell has become a star in Utah during his three NBA seasons and is coming off his first All-Star appearance. He averaged a career-best 24.0 points per game last season and followed that with a historic playoff performance, scoring 36.3 PPG in the seven-game loss to the Nuggets.

He has improved his averages in several key statistical categories – including points and assists per game, as well as three-point percentage – in each of his three professional seasons and is still just 24 years old.

Utah has gotten most of its offseason business out of the way during the first 48 hours of the free agency period, having agreed to re-sign Jordan Clarkson and reaching a deal to bring back Derrick Favors using their mid-level exception.

Having locked up Mitchell, the Jazz are expected to focus on a new contract for center Rudy Gobert, who is also eligible for an extension. Gobert will reach unrestricted free agency in 2021 if the two sides don’t agree to a new deal before then.

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21 thoughts on “Donovan Mitchell Signs Max Extension With Jazz

  1. Dxit90a

    As a Knick fan we already knew that he will sign an extension with Utah . It very rare any team can sign another team star who was in their rookie contract. Now any team can trade for him if things don’t pan out during this contract. he is a great player but he is not the kind of SG I would prefer. I prefer more of a Ray Allen SG.

    • Gary

      I hear you but at 6-1 he’s more of a scoring 1. He’s strong enough and physical enough and athletic enough to play the two but I don’t know if you would consider him a pure 2.

    • Yep it is

      Dxit 90 “ not the kind of SG you would prefer”. Hahaha. Like you or the Knicks have a choice. NOBODY is going to that DUMPSTER FIRE Knicks team. They better take whatever they could get. The Knicks AREN’T a destination team. No free agent or player is out there salivating over playing the Knicks.

    • KnickerbockerAl

      He don’t know squat about Knicks. He’s a Muchi
      We already have a SG. One who will be better

  2. Col. Sanders

    Yet again media & fans kept believing some big name come to NY city.

    Yet again failure.

    • goldenmisfit

      Dude, you do realize they could still pull it off by trade. Don’t think anyone thought the Knicks were going to get a big-time free agent this season if you are a fan of the team your hope was a trade.

  3. Gary

    Wow 25% of the total team cap. For a small Market team that does not go into luxury-tax territory, how you going to fill out the rest of your roster?

    • mlbnyyfan

      I knew he would stay in Utah I blame NY for taking Frank over Mitchell or Monk in the draft

    • Gertner

      They are currently $2 million over the cap right now I believe.

      Mike Conley’s giant contract comes off the books after next season as well.

  4. brian214

    Still didn’t win Rookie of the Year! Seriously, I love Spida. Fun to watch.

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