June 13, 2020, 9:47 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The NBA's star young players are looking for league-financed insurance against injuries ahead of returning to play in Orlando.
Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox, Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum spoke with the National Basketball Players Association about facilitating talks with the NBA on insurance policies. These players are eligible for their rookie extensions at the beginning of free agency and could be at an increased risk of injury given the unprecedented restart this season. It is a reasonable conversation to have given the uncertain circumstances. The group of young players are hoping their influence will force the league to consider providing insurance for them and the rest of the players.
June 12, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and a group of other players (including NBPA President Chris Paul and Garrett Temple) expressed their concerns about the NBA's plan to resume the the season in Orlando.
Reports in recent days have indicated that there are more than a couple NBA players scheduled to resume play when the league returns who are very concerned with the feasibility of the plan as it currently stands. Some of the players, including Anthony, have voiced their doubts as to whether or not the continuation of the NBA season next month is healthy. The group, which notably is made up of mostly players in the bottom half of the projected playoff bracket at the moment, isn't sure whether or not resuming league play is the safest, most intelligent plan that was proposed in discussions with the league. This should situation should formulate further over the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:15 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jerry Sloan, former coach of the Jazz and a member of the Hall-of-Fame (as a coach), passed away at the age of 78 on Friday due to complications in his battle against Parkinson's Disease.
Before his illustrious career on the sidelines as a coach for the Jazz, Sloan had a solid run as a player. He made two All-Star games and was a six-time All-Defensive selection. As a coach, he racked up 1,223 victories and an impressive total of 20 playoff berths. Sloan guided the Jazz to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in the late 1990s with a roster headlined by Karl Malone and John Stockton. Unfortunately for the Jazz, they were twice beaten by Michael Jordan and the Bulls in their final two titles of the "second three-peat," which is a hot topic of conversation at the moment with the final two episodes of the Jordan documentary "The Last Dance" (where Sloan is featured throughout) airing just last Sunday. Rest in peace, Jerry Sloan.
May 5, 2020, 9:14 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jazz VP Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Jazz management seem quite confident that stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell will be able to work through the sizable rift they're currently facing due to Gobert's reckless and childish attitude towards COVID-19. His actions backfired when both tested positive for the virus, subsequently causing sports leagues in the United States to come to a screeching halt.
Given the large contracts of both Gobert and Mitchell, there's reason to believe they will be able to move past their personal differences. According to Lindsey, "They're ready to put this behind them, move forward, [and] act professionally." However, they were differing reports about Mitchell's willingness to reunite with his teammate. There is obviously no sure-fire way to determine if Gobert was actually the reason Mitchell contracted the virus, but the way Gobert was acting (which included lots of sarcastic touching) just prior to the outbreak in the US makes it easy to see why Mitchell had his reservations about Gobert's character. The Jazz roster is very talented and well rounded, so hopefully these two can coexist going forward.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
April 12, 2020, 7:55 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert spoke to Donovan Mitchell a few days ago and has publicly stated that both players are now focused on winning a title together.
Gobert did acknowledge that "relationships are never perfect", but he largely reoriented the conversation to both players' focus on succeeding on the court together. Some tensions may be lingering on Mitchell's end following the COVID-19 fiasco that started with Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Both players remain cornerstones for the Jazz, and like most issues, winning usually puts these sorts of problems on the backburner. Nonetheless, when basketball gets back underway it is worth monitoring the situation.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
April 10, 2020, 1:08 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
In a story from The Athletic, it's reported that the Jazz are concerned about the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
Gobert was infamously the NBA's patient zero for COVID-19, and his cavalier attitude toward the league's distancing policies prior to his positive test has not helped his public image at all. Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz to test positive, and he has been open about being frustrated with the role Gobert played in the saga. While Jazz officials have worked to remind Mitchell that it's unknown whether Gobert gave it to him or vice versa, one anonymous source was quoted as saying their relationship "doesn't appear salvageable." That's being credited to a reluctance on Mitchell's part, and when basketball does resume this will be the biggest question that Utah has to answer.
Source: The Athletic
March 27, 2020, 12:14 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Utah Department of Health has cleared both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, meaning they no longer pose a risk of infection to others.
Both Gobert and Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, and although Gobert mentioned that he briefly lost his senses of taste and smell, the duo seems to be fully recovered. This is great news as we wait for word on when or if the NBA season will be able to continue.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
March 12, 2020, 6:31 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
The NBA informed all 30 teams of the policies that will be in place through March 16th which includes the following: players must remain in the area, players should stay home as much as possible, no group workouts/practices and each player must speak to a team physician/trainer once per day.
Players will not be allowed to practice or have group workouts for at least the next four days as they are encouraged to stay home as much as possible. There will likely be an update closer to Monday in terms of policy beyond the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 12, 2020, 11:40 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Adrian Wojnarowski has reported Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has become the second NBA player to contract the virus. Tests were administered to the Jazz players last night following the diagnosis of teammate Rudy Gobert.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 11:47 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting to go with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three triples in Monday's 92-101 loss to the Raptors.
Mitchell didn't have it on offense tonight, but he still delivered enough on the cash counters to save his night. He didn't get to the foul line at all and was completely bothered by the Raptors offense. He'll be much better in the next one.
March 7, 2020, 10:02 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell bounced back on Saturday, scoring 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting with five rebounds and two threes in a 111-105 win vs. the Pistons.
Mitchell also shot 7-of-8 from the line and redeemed himself after scoring 11 points on 20 percent shooting vs. the Celtics on Friday. Mitchell should post top-50 value down the stretch and the Jazz have a fantasy-friendly schedule in March.
March 6, 2020, 10:57 pmBojan BogdanovicSF, Utah Jazz
Bojan Bogdanovic had a night to forget in Friday's 99-94 win over the Celtics, managing to produce just eight points on 2-of-9 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 26 minutes.
Yikes. It was a weird day for the Jazz, with both Bogdanovic and Donovan Mitchell (11 points, 3-of-15 shooting, three triples, 33 minutes) having trouble finding the hoop. At the end of the day, the Jazz secured the much-needed W and we're not worried about their top-2 scoring options. Both of whom should bounce back fine.
March 4, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell put together another strong outing for the Jazz on Wednesday, delivering 23 points (9-21 FG, 1-7 3PT), one rebound, eight assists and two steals.
Mitchell continues to be a focal point of this offense, and will receive plenty of opportunity to contribute. His shooting from deep was off tonight, but he'll bounce back. He should finish the season around a top-50 value.
March 2, 2020, 9:16 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds, four assists, a block and three 3-pointers in Monday's win over the Cavs.
Mitchell was slow to start this game, but ended up with a nice line and the highest plus-minus (+21) on the team. He's integral to the Jazz offense and they go as he does on that end of the floor.
February 27, 2020, 1:41 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell's efforts came up short in Wednesday's 114-103 loss to the Celtics, despite finishing with 37 points (15-32 FG, 2-10 3PT), five rebounds and five assists.
Mitchell had a herculean effort, but it fell short as the Jazz are struggling to find the right lineup to play around him. It is rare to see him shoot so poorly from deep, but he was able to get his points in other ways tonight. He seems to have settled in around fourth-round value for the season, with some flashes of upside as witnessed tonight.