Donovan Mitchell, Jazz agree to five-year max extension

Jazz secure Donovan Mitchell now they must build around him

Jazz secure Donovan Mitchell now they must build around him

While the Jazz are hopeful that they can come to terms with Gobert, who is considered one of the league's premier defenders and an underrated component of Utah's offense besides, it remains to be seen how Mitchell's extension will impact those negotiations.

On Sunday morning, they signed guard Donovan Mitchell to a rookie scale max contract extension, league sources told The Athletic.

Mitchell, 24, made $3.64 million last season and will earn $5.1 million in 2020-21, the final year of his rookie deal, according to Spotrac.

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. It was the best season of his career.

The 24-year-old has impressed since debuting in 2017-18, averaging 22.7 points per game over his first three seasons.

Mitchell has averaged 27.3 points in 23 career playoff games, including 36.3 points in last season's seven-game, first-round loss to the Denver Nuggets, when he joined Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to have a pair of 50-plus-point games in a playoff series. The contract, which runs for five seasons and kicks in next season, is worth $163 million with a supermax extension that can make it worth $195 million.

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