Utah Jazz keeper Donovan Mitchell addresses ‘fake news’ in viral Twitter thread
The Donovan Mitchell saga came to a head this week when it came to the uniform the All-Star shooting guard will wear as the New Year approaches. Rumors spread like wildfire, but when the rubber met the road, there was nothing left to do.
Mitchell seemed to be having fun with the uncertainty with ex-teammate Eric Paschall and current Jazzman Jordan Clarkson with this exchange on Twitter.
The Utah Jazz could still keep Mitchell and move forward with a retooling. If that ends up being the case, who would be set to play a big role in Utah’s future and which players are still at risk of being ejected?
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Players safe in Utah
A player who has a skill set that every NBA team needs. At 6-foot-9, he can play center or forward and is under team control for two more years at a price tag of $4.5 million a year.
The Jazz have just signed the small 6ft 7in striker from Europe and he will get his chance. Fontecchio has the tools you need in the modern NBA.
He can shoot all three and, at his size, can play in a modern positionless basketball system. If you view his YouTube highlight reel, it looks like he might be exactly what the doctor ordered. We’ll see if it all translates to the NBA.
It has the size you want at the point or shooting guard. Bolmaro looked good in the Summer League and should have live representatives this year with the Jazz.
If he can improve his three-point shooting, he has the potential to be an NBA starter.
Could be processed
Bogdanovic has been a solid player for the Jazz but being on an expiring contract he has to leave. The Jazz should be able to reclaim a first-round pick from a contending team.
The 6-foot-1 playmaker has a bad contract and could be difficult to move around. The Jazz need to get that money off the books, but may have to wait until the trade deadline or the next offseason to move it.
Don’t expect much in return.
At 34 and on an expiring contract, the former Timberwolf is not a good fit for what the Jazz are trying to accomplish. We know what he brings to the table and he would be a better fit for a team playing at the moment.
on the fence
Beasley’s contract is reasonable at around $15 million per season and the Jazz control his option year in 2023-24. He’s a proven player and the Jazz can see how he fits in before making a call.
The former NBA Sixth Man of the Year can still fill it. There are pros and cons to keeping Clarkson.
Pros being, he can score deep and is exactly what you want in a sixth man. He is also still under the control of the team for another two years with a reasonable contract.
Lesson ? It would block minutes for players who need reps to grow. Clarkson could go either way in a retool.
Ultimately, Jazz manager Danny Ainge will have the final say on what the future holds for Donovan Mitchell and his friends.
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