Donovan Mitchell was a late scratch for Game 1 for the Utah Jazz against the Memphis Grizzlies, which came as a surprise to him and left him "definitely frustrated and upset" with the franchise.
"I will tell you this: Donovan's relationship with the organization was damaged this week," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast on Tuesday. "Is it damaged to the point where it can't be repaired? I'm not saying that. Is it something that they'll get past and he'll just move on and it will just be a blip on the radar screen? Maybe. Maybe they're in The Finals in two months and who cares? Maybe they win the next four games and it's totally forgotten. But right now, Donovan is hurting. He's really hurting the way this happened.
"Something else that's important, he was out five weeks give or take. April 16th I think the injury was and now we're at the end of May. Five or six weeks. Early on in the recovery process, he was not recovering well. And so he stopped working exclusively with the team and he hired and brought, and he already had his own trainer, and he brought in his own trainer to begin rehabbing with that trainer."
Mitchell signed a five-year max extension worth up to $195 million deal with the Jazz last offseason.
"Regardless of what it means in this moment in times, what it means going forward for Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz is something to keep an eye on," added Windhorst. "I know he has just signed this huge contract extension and it hasn't kicked in yet. I'm not saying anything there. I'm just saying damage was done. Damage was done here."