© Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsDonovan Mitchell has secured the bag.
The Utah Jazz continue to show themselves to be a conference title contender. That's not a surprise given the brilliance of young guard Donovan Mitchell. We now have some Utah Jazz news as it relates to Mitchell.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Jazz have inked Mitchell to a rookie-level max contract extension worth a guaranteed $163 million over five seasons. It can increase to a whopping $195 million should Mitchell earn All-NBA honors for the 2020-21 NBA season.
This means Mitchell has an incentive of $32 million for the coming season. It's the same extension fellow guard De'Aaron Fox inked with the Sacramento Kings over the weekend.
This Utah Jazz news comes with the team already having made some pretty big financial commitments through the first few days of the NBA offseason:
- Utah Jazz re-sign Jordan Clarkson to four-year, $52 million contract.
- Utah Jazz sign Derrick Favors to three-year, $29.1 million contract.
Mitchell, 24, has proved himself to be a franchise cornerstone in Utah. He's averaged north of 20 points in each of his first three NBA seasons.
This past season saw the Louisville product average career-highs in points (24.0), rebounds (4.4) and assists (4.3) while shooting 45 percent from the field. That included a 37 percent three-point mark.
Despite some drama with teammate Rudy Gobert, Mitchell was able to lead the Utah Jazz to a 44-28 regular-season record.
The team fell to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs with Mitchell averaging an NBA-high 36.3 points during the seven-game series. This was obviously enough for Utah to make the financial commitment we saw Sunday.
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