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The rumor about Donovan Mitchell that can blow up the NBA

Two consecutive defeats by the Utah Jazz, Raptors and Pacers, have been enough to trigger a small crisis in Salt Lake City. In reality, it is hardly a storm, because the team is solid in third position in the West with a record of 28-12 and there is no risk of losing its privileged position in the Playoffs as well as seed.

But more than a streak of two straight losses – the fourth of the season – what worries the Jazz the most is the rumor about their star Donovan Mitchell that is circulating in the NBA in the last hours.

Based on that information, Mitchell, the Jazz franchise player almost since his selection as No. 13 in the 2017 Draft, may want a change of scene, either through a trade or as a free agent.

The idea is that the player would be drawn to much more global and powerful markets in the League. That is one of the tolls that teams like the Jazz must pay: in addition to sports competition, cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago or San Francisco are usually in the preferences of the players.

Of course, the player has not yet spoken, but the possible departure of Mitchell from the Jazz is not something new and last year there was speculation about that possibility when the personal problems between the point guard and the other star of the team, Rudy Gobert, emerged. . Although both players and the team denied a conflict, the situation was not fully clarified.

In any case, the first possible destinations for Mitchell have already been identified and beware that one of them would dynamite the NBA. This is a possible transfer to the Brooklyn Nets, one of the favorites for the title. The Knicks would be another alternative fulfilling the player’s ‘wishes’ to end up in one of the NBA’s biggest markets: New York,

In any case, an operation with Mitchell on board would have an extreme complication. The player is still three years old and what remains of this contract, would be free in 2025 although with a player option. His salary this season is more than 28 million that will rise to 30 (22-23), 32 (23-24) and 34 (24-25) gradually. That is to say that if Donovan Mitchell wants to leave Utah soon he must do so via transfer and there, the Jazz, must decide if it is worth them to end their current project and find another way to reach the NBA Finals.

At the moment it is a rumor that greatly worries Jazz fans. The trajectory of the team in the Playoffs will mean that, at the end of the season, we are talking about Mitchell again or not and his possible departure from the team.

Written by svenscan

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