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Jazz rumors: Dwayne Wade seriously concerned about Donovan Mitchell’s desire to stay in Utah

Jun 16, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots a free throw during the second half of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the LA Clippers at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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Donavan Mitchell's future seems to be up in the air with the Utah Jazz. Mitchell's mentor Dwanye Wade is apparently concerned about the guards' desire to stay in Utah.

I do think that Dwyane Wade, who [governor Ryan Smith] brought in to be a co-owner but also be an advisor, is seriously concerned about Donovan Mitchell’s desire to stay there long-term.Brian Windhorst the Hoop Collective Podcast

Dwayne Wade recently joined the Utah Jazz ownership group, which Ryan Smith heads. He was also brought in to serve as an advisor to the front office. Wade has been heavily involved with the team, including attending playoff games this year.

The Jazz went out in 6 games this year to the Los Angeles Clippers. They struggled with injuries throughout the playoffs. Mike Conley missed numerous games with a hamstring injury, and An ankle injury hampered Mitchell. Each season the Jazz keep coming up short in the playoffs.

According to Windhorst, Mitchell and the Jazz franchise aren't exactly on great terms. Against the Grizzlies, there was a clear miscommunication throughout the organization surrounding Mitchell's availability for game 1. Mitchell thought he would play, but the team declared him out. Because of this, Dwayne Wade will likely want the front office to shake some things up with the team going forward.

Dwyane Wade is going to influence changes, and he's going to influence changes because the way Donovan Mitchell saw this season unfold, specifically how his ankle injury was handled in the playoffs, really unnerved him and he was in a bit of a rough spot with the franchise near the end of the year.Brian Windhorst

Denis Lindsey just stepped down as President of the Utah Jazz. As a result, Justin Zanik is going to take his place as the main guy going forward. Maybe a new-look front office will agree with Wade and look to shake up the roster this offseason.

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