Donovan Mitchell got the life-changing news Sunday and immediately began celebrating. He ripped off his T-shirt, ran out of the house and leaped into the pool.
And just as he did in his first three seasons with Utah, he made a huge splash.
Mitchell is now a max-contract recipient after he and the Jazz agreed on a five-year extension that guarantees him $163 million — the new paydays start kicking in with the 2021-22 season — and could be worth $196 million if he reaches the All-NBA level.
“A dream does not become reality through magic it takes sweat, determination and hard work,” Mitchell wrote on Instagram.
It was unclear when Mitchell will put pen to paper to complete the transaction.
Mitchell averaged 20.5 points as a rookie, then 23.8 points in his second season and 24.0 points last season as a third-year player who wound up making the All-Star team for the first time. And even though the Jazz lost in the first round of this past season’s playoffs in a seven-game epic against Denver — the Nuggets rallied from a 3-1 series deficit — Mitchell was dazzling.
He averaged 36.3 points in that series, including 57 points — the third-highest scoring total by any player in an NBA playoff game — in Game 1 of the matchup. He followed that with a 51-point outburst in Game 4, a game where he and Denver’s Jamal Murray became the first duo with 50-point performances in the same playoff game; Murray had 50.
Cauley-Stein stays with Dallas
Willie Cauley-Stein is returning to the Dallas Mavericks on an $8.2 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
The Mavericks acquired the veteran center from Golden State before the trading deadline last season, and his impact was minimal before he opted out of the restart following the coronavirus shutdown because of the impending birth of his daughter.
Cauley-Stein declined the $2.3 million option on the two-year deal he signed with the Warriors. His return gives Dallas another option behind Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell. It’s possible Porzingis and Powell will start, with Powell likely filling the traditional role of the center. Dallas also has Boban Marjanovic in a backup role.
The 27-year-old Cauley-Stein averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13 games for the Mavericks. His career averages in five seasons are 9.6 points and 6.3 boards.
Oubre trade completed
The Warriors completed the trade that will bring guard Kelly Oubre to them from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State gave up a conditional 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round pick for Oubre, who will help the Warriors deal with the loss of Klay Thompson to major injury for the second consecutive season. Thompson missed last season with a torn ACL; he’ll miss this season with a torn Achilles. Oubre averaged a career-high 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in 56 games with Phoenix last season. He was traded to the Thunder last week … The Pacers completed the re-signing of Justin Holiday to a three-year, $18 million deal. Holiday was the only Indiana player to appear in all 73 regular-season games a year ago. Holiday averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and a team-high 1.2 steals last season while shooting a career-high 40.5% on 3-pointers. He finished 19th in the NBA in 3-point percentage.
Wizards re-sign Bertans
The Washington Wizards checked off their top offseason priority and re-signed sharpshooting forward Davis Bertans to a five-year deal worth $80 million, according to a report from ESPN. But Washington’s dream of having Bertans play alongside Bradley Beal and John Wall may not come to fruition. Wall made it known that he wants a trade out of Washington, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. His call to leave follows a report from the Athletic this week that the Wizards and the Houston Rockets discussed a deal involving trading Wall for Russell Westbrook.
Bertans ranked sixth in the league in 3-point percentage (42.4) last season and notched career highs in points (15.4), rebounds (4.5), and 3-pointers made (3.7) coming off the bench.
The Wizards reportedly found the defensive-minded center and rim protector they sought in veteran big man Robin Lopez. The 7-footer agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Lopez, who is 32 and will play his 13th season in the league next month, averaged 2.4 rebounds playing limited minutes off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks last season. Washington bolstered its rim protection even further when it signed former Virginia standout Anthony Gill, according to ESPN. A 6-8, 220-pound power forward, Gill reportedly signed a two-year deal with Washington after spending the past three seasons playing with the Russian team BC Khimki in the EuroLeague. The 28-year-old impressed overseas, averaging 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds and shooting 56.7 percent from the field on limited attempts . . . Looking to replace Tristan Thompson, the Cavaliers have acquired center JaVale McGee and a future draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Cavs will get a second-round pick in 2026 from the Lakers, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the swap. The 32-year-old McGee spent the past two seasons with Los Angeles after two with Golden State. The 7-footer averaged 6.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks for the NBA champions this past season … The Portland Trail Blazers have re-signed forward Rodney Hood, who was injured for much of last season, and signed free-agent forward Derrick Jones Jr. Hood, a six-year veteran, declined a $6 million player option with Portland earlier this week, becoming a free agent. He signed a new two-year deal with the Blazers but the terms were not made public. Hood averaged 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 21 games, all starts, with the Blazers last season before he tore his left Achilles tendon. He did not play with Portland in the bubble in Florida. Jones, a four-year veteran, averaged 8.5 points and 3.0 rebounds with the Miami Heat last season. He played in 59 games including six starts.Portland also formally announced that it had acquired veteran center Enes Kanter from Boston in a three-team trade. It is Kanter’s second stint with the Blazers, he was also with the team during its run to the Western Conference finals in the 2018-19 season.