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Richard Jefferson criticizes the fans amid the rumors Utah Jazz are shopping Donovan Mitchell -“Where all the ‘you signed a contract’ people?”

Jefferson raises an interesting point on how players are attempting to take control by doing what teams have been doing to them for years now
Richard Jefferson speaks on the Utah Jazz shopping Donovan Mitchell

The Utah Jazz appear to be headed towards a rebuild. They have already traded Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a massive haul, and now reports are out that the front office is actively shopping Donovan Mitchell. If the Jazz do eventually end up shipping Mitchell out in exchange for more draft picks, a full-scale rebuild will be underway out west in Utah.

Jefferson raises an interesting question as Mitchell trade rumors swirl

Mitchell isn’t the only big-name player to potentially be on the move this offseason. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are two big names on the Brooklyn Nets who have dominated the headlines for much of the offseason due to their trade requests. The difference between Mitchell and the Nets’ star tandem is that Mitchell hasn’t requested a trade, while Durant (and Irving to a lesser extent) have made it known they want to be traded.

This is something that Richard Jefferson noticed when looking at the circumstances involved in each situation. He wondered why nobody is complaining that the Jazz are looking to get rid of their contract with Mitchell, despite signing him to an extension just last offseason. Jefferson believes that if the roles were reversed, fans would be outraged with Mitchell for trying to leave Utah soon after signing his massive extension with them.

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Jefferson shows how players feel when teams decide to give up them

For the past few years, the NBA has undergone a player movement renaissance. Players have never had more power over where they will play than ever before. Many people cite the Nets as a team that was primarily formed due to a couple of star players wanting to join forces and create a superteam. Fans were typically unhappy with players forcing their way off their current teams and onto ones that they were choosing.

But as Jefferson says here, that’s pretty much what teams have done throughout the history of the NBA. They decide to move on when they don’t want a player anymore. It’s universally accepted in sports because that’s how the game works. But when players decide to take matters into their own hands, it becomes an issue for fans.

It’s a unique take and is certainly relevant to proceedings of the offseason so far. Fans are upset that Durant is looking to switch teams again so soon after assembling his superteam with the Nets. But nobody batted an eye when the Jazz were announced to be shopping Mitchell.

Jefferson was a player himself, and he believes that if teams can cut ties with players out of nowhere, players should be able to do the same thing. Many fans have been confused by players trying to dictate where they play, but Jefferson’s take provides some good insight into the thought process and how it’s not so different from what the teams are doing to their players.

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