Following the sudden resignation of Quin Snyder as coach of Jazz On Sunday afternoon, Utah star guard Donovan Mitchell was described as being “disturbed, pissed off and wondering what this means for the future of the franchise,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Mitchell, who spent his entire five-year career with the Jazz, was “surprised and disappointed” by Snyder’s departure, according to Wojnarowski. The No. 13 pick in the 2017 draft reportedly saw the franchise coach as a big reason to agree to a maximum five-year contract extension in 2020.
Mitchell harbors no ill will towards Snyder and has accepted his reasons for quitting, according to Wojnarowski. However, he is “still trying to understand what the loss of the coach means in a bigger picture for the organization and himself”.
In a statement obtained by Sports Illustratedby Howard Beckjazz owner ryan smith confirmed the news of Snyder’s resignation on Sunday afternoon. The 55-year-old posted a 372-264 record in his eight seasons with Utah.
“Quin Snyder has embodied what Jazz basketball is all about for the past eight years,” Smith said in a statement. “The tireless work ethic and attention to detail Quin displays every day is a testament to the professionalism he is. I have nothing but admiration for Quin and respect his decision.
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“On behalf of Ashley and I, as well as our ownership group and our entire organization, we thank Quin and Amy from the bottom of our hearts for all of their contributions to the state of Utah and the Jazz and wish them only the best.”
Mitchell, a three-time All-Star, is coming off another strong regular season that saw him average 25.9 points and 5.3 assists per game. According to ESPN Stats and Information, he became the first guard since Allen Iverson to average 20 points in each of his first five seasons.
Despite Mitchell’s individual production, the Jazz struggled to make it past the Western Conference milestone. Utah has reached the conference semifinals twice in the past five years, but has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.
Mitchell has four years, $135 million remaining on his contract, which includes a player option in the final season of the deal.
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