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Tatum, Mitchell land rich extensions, say reports

Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell landed lucrative extensions to their National Basketball Association rookie deals, United States media reported on Sunday on the second day of the league’s free agency negotiating period.

The Salt Lake City-based Desert News was among the outlets reporting that all-star guard Mitchell had agreed a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed US$163 million with the Jazz. The deal has escalators that could bring Mitchell’s five-year total to US$195.6 million. The extra money would come if Mitchell earns all-NBA honors in the 2020-21 season, the last year of his rookie-scale contract in which he is due to be paid US$5.2 million. It’s an investment in the future for the Jazz. Mitchell, the 13th overall selection in the 2017 draft was runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors in his first season and has been Utah’s leading scorer since he entered the league. The 24-year-old finished the pandemic-disrupted 2019-20 season averaging 24 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Tatum, 22, also emerged as a star last season, setting career highs in scoring with 23.4 points per game, rebounding (7.0 per game) and assists (3.0 per game). ESPN reported that Tatum’s extension will be worth US$195 million over five years, with a player option in the fifth year.


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