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Jazz Exercise Third-year Option on Donovan Mitchell

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The Utah Jazz have officially exercised their third year option on shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, the team officially announced on Wednesday via a press release.

With the option, Mitchell will make $3.1 million this season and $3.6 million next year.

Mitchell is a budding superstar in the laeague after an incredible rookie season in which he posted 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and was the runner up for the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

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Suns Prefer Ja Morant Over Zion Williamson

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The Phoenix Suns could end up with the 1st overall pick for the second consecutive year, depending on how the ping pong balls drop, but landing the #1 overall pick doesn’t mean they are locked in on Duke phenom Zion Williamson.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, the Suns actually prefer Murray State point guard Ja Morant, who had an impressive breakout year in 2018-2019, over Williamson.

Morant became the first player in school history to be named a first-team Associated Press All-American.

Point guard is the biggest position of need for the rebuilding Suns, but passing on Zion could mean passing on a bonafide superstar to pair with Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker.

The thought of a frontcourt featuring Williamson and Ayton would instantly elevate the Suns.

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Thunder’s Billy Donovan defends Paul George for End of Game Dunk

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward, and MVP candidate, Paul George ruffled the feathers of the Portland Trail Blazers for opting to dunk the ball as opposed to dribbling out the clock in their Game 3 victory.

While George made no friends with the Blazers, who visibly took issue with the dunk, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan had no issue with what took place.

“My feeling was they probably shot a shot,” Donovan said, according to Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. “Paul kind of went in and dunked it. Both teams played the game all the way out.”

George declined to comment on the dunk in the post-game presser.

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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Praises Kyrie Irving

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After a stellar performance that fueled a Boston Celtics comeback victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3, Kyrie Irving appears to be in playoff form.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens heaped some incredible praise on Irving for his impressive performance.

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