Signing autographs is pretty common if you are a superstar in the NBA, and it's a piece of memorabilia fans want to have from their favorite players. Naturally, the most popular players have hordes of people waiting for them to sign an autograph, and people would often do the craziest things to get the players' attention and get their autographs signed. Donovan Mitchell has seen it all from fans trying to get autographs and recently stated on his Twitter account that things are often getting out of control and that he is starting to dislike the whole process of interacting with fans that want autographs.
Mitchell calls out the parents for using their kids
Mitchell said the biggest problems are parents using their kids to get the player's attention and therefore increasing the chances of getting that opportunity. There is a high probability the kids themselves don't want the autographs, but their dads or mothers do, for their own reasons, whatever that may be, and it helps them have their kids around because they can use them to achieve that.
Rodman and Bill Russell shared the same opinion
Interestingly enough, Mitchell is not the first one that said something similar since Dennis Rodman noticed the same thing a long time ago. Rodman always believed autographs are fake and twisted, and parents frequently use their kids to get them and afterward try to resell them for money. Bill Russell also refused to sign autographs and would often speak to the person, saying that type of interaction was more meaningful than his signature on a piece of paper.
There is a lot of truth to what Mitchell and Rodman noticed, and there is no question some parents use their kids to get noticed and get a better chance of getting a signed autograph. Maybe their motive is pure, and they really want to have that signature from their favorite player, but some people are opportunistic and will look to sell that autograph the first chance they get.