Should the Jazz be worried about Mitchell going back to New York if they miss the first round again?

2022-06-24 0 By

The Jazz may have to fight to keep Mitchell.According to NBA reporter Ric Bucker today, Mitchell will return to New York to join the Knicks if Utah falls out of the first round again.Now, rumors are swirling that Mitchell’s camp believes the Salt Lake City market is too small for Mitchell, according to the report.An eastern Conference scout who asked not to be identified said Mitchell would be headed to New York if the Jazz were eliminated in the first round again.The Jazz have made the playoffs five straight seasons since Mitchell’s arrival in the draft and are currently in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 30-19 record.Of those, the Jazz advanced to the western Conference round three times, the first round twice and never to the Conference finals.The Jazz topped the league last season but blew a 2-0 lead in the second round of the Western Conference before losing to the Clippers 4-2.A series of setbacks made Mitchell unwilling to wait, and the New York native wanted to return home.Mitchell has been rumoured to be looking for a big-city career.The Heat are also said to be a possible next move.In the 2020 offseason, Mitchell signed a five-year, $163 million contract extension that runs through 2026 with a 37.1 million player option in the final year.This season, the contract begins.However, such a contract may not keep Mitchell.Growing up in New York, Salt Lake City, home to mormons, may not have been the market size and folk scene for Mitchell.In addition, the Jazz have never been able to transform, and Mitchell is certainly not satisfied with just making the playoffs, he is eager to perform on a higher stage.If Mitchell were to hit the market, it would send shockwaves through the league, and the Jazz would be willing to pay a hefty price for him.Is Mitchell really leaving the team?(Supine/Maomao)