Jazz assistant Johnnie Bryant joins the Knicks as an associate coach. For this reason, many thought that Donovan Mitchell would return with him to New York.
Following an incredible performance in Utah’s seven-game first-round defeat to the Nuggets, Mitchell, who shares a close relationship with Bryant, is set to finalize a maximum extension – worth around $ 170 million over five years. – with Jazz when free agency starts in mid-October, according to Yahoo Sports.
When the NBA season was suspended, some expressed concern that the lengthy layoff could lead to injuries, potentially jeopardizing life-changing contracts, as Mitchell could soon receive. The 23-year-old Westchester native has solidified his place as one of the best young stars in the league, averaging 36.3 points, 5 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the series, while shooting 51.5% on 3 points. .
“Once my teammates told me they wanted to play, I moved all in. I couldn’t do everything on myself,” Mitchell told Yahoo Sports after the devastating defeat in Game 7. “There are younger guys. which are not established in this championship and it took this time to show their worth. It would have been selfish of me to stop him. I couldn’t let my contract interfere with the bigger picture. I had to rely on God. If I got hurt, it was God’s will. But I put my trust in him and didn’t bother getting hurt. This allowed me to go out and play. My faith was in God”.