Jazz trade with Nuggets to get No. 13 pick Donovan Mitchell

Beth Cruz
June 26, 2017

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal had not been officially announced.

Mitchell led the ACC in steals (70, 2.0 per game, 23rd in the nation) and paced the Cardinals in scoring (15.6 points per game), 3-point field goals (80), and minutes played (32.3 per game). He was visibly emotional, noting the Jazz were the first team to work him out as he navigated his post-collegiate career.

Many Jazz fans booed the ninth overall pick in the 2010 National Basketball Association draft. The freshman center averaged 7.1 points on 57.3 percent shooting and 5.1 rebounds per game in 38 games.

Stockton had plenty of chances to watch Williams-Goss play in Spokane, and the 6-foot-4 guard also has experience playing in Utah, both against West Coast Conference rival BYU and in the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City.

"When I had conversations with Mr. Lindsey, he told me he didn't think I was going to be available at 24", Mitchell said. "I think that will stick out from everybody else, and then I'll let the rest of the game come along".


Shot selection and consistency are the two biggest areas he needs to improve, Mitchell said. "Being able to guard guys as quick as (Russell) Westbrook but the same size as Klay Thompson".

Mitchell also has a message for Gordon Hayward, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Lyles was the Jazz's No. 12 overall pick in 2015.

Mitchell wasn't expected to fall to the Jazz at No. 24, so general manager Dennis Lindsey did what he does best, made a few phone calls, and went and got the man they wanted. The franchise needs to prove to the first time All-Star that the team is close to a deep playoff run, which likely includes adding shooting, another playmaking scorer, a stretch four and shoring up the point guard position.

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