In the wake of Quin Snyder stepping down as head coach of the Jazz, star guard Donovan Mitchell is being described as “unsettled, unnerved and wondering what it means for the franchise’s future,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Snyder was a significant reason why Mitchell signed a five-year, maximum-salary extension with Utah in 2020, according to Wojnarowski, who says the coach’s decision to step down came as a surprise and a disappointment to Mitchell.
Mitchell is coming off a season where he averaged 25.9 points per game, the second-highest mark of his five-year career. He shot 45% from the floor and 35.5% from three-point range during those outings, continuing to establish himself as one of the league’s premier scorers.
Mitchell was acquired by the Jazz on the night of the 2017 NBA draft. The three-time All-Star would garner significant interest on the trade market if he became available, as he holds career averages of 23.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists at just 25 years old.
Rumors have persisted for years about possible tension between Jazz stars Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, and there has been speculation about whether the guard wants to remain in Utah long-term. Mitchell has repeatedly dismissed that speculation, but if he’s at all dissatisfied with Snyder’s exit, it likely won’t be long before those whispers start up again.
Of course, as Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune tweets, it’s possible Mitchell simply wants to have a significant say in who the team’s next head coach is. He’s reportedly close with current Knicks assistant and former Jazz assistant Johnnie Bryant, who has already been cited as a possible candidate for the job.
As Larsen observes (via Twitter), Mitchell, Bryant, and Wojnarowski are all represented by CAA.