Donovan Mitchell slams ‘blatant lies’ as Quin Snyder’s Utah Jazz departure begs trade question

Quin Snyder has officially left Utah, but Donovan Mitchell – unlike Rudy Gobert - has not posted a tribute to his former coach.

After eight seasons in charge of the Jazz, Quin Snyder resigned on Sunday, June 5.

With two years - including his own option in 2023 - left on his contract, the ownership and management were trying to convince the 55-year-old to stay after another disappointing post-season, but he decided it was time to walk away.

Snyder was the joint-third-longest serving coach in the league, tied with Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr and behind San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich and Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra.

Following his departure, news broke that Jazz guard Mitchell was 'surprised and disappointed', sparking debate about his future in Utah.

He is yet to post a tribute to Snyder, unlike Gobert.

"Forever grateful for Quin," the French center tweeted.

"Gave me a chance 8 years ago and believed in me when not a lot of people did. And helped our team grow into a Western conference powerhouse through all the ups and downs. Wishing you nothing but the best in your next chapter!"

Gobert and Mitchell have reportedly never always seen eye-to-eye, with their relationship hitting rock bottom when the pandemic started with each player testing positive for Covid-19.

On Monday, Spence Checketts said on his radio show that Snyder attempted to call Mitchell but he didn't answer. Checketts used to work for Jazz radio and is thought to be well-connected in the organisation.

However, Mitchell snapped on Twitter after learning about what Checketts claimed.

He wrote: "I choose to leave a lot of what y'all say alone but y'all gon stop blatantly lying on my name."

Mitchell's former assistant coach Johnnie Bryant of the New York Knicks has quickly emerged as the lead candidate to replace Snyder.

Reports have claimed that Jazz president Danny Ainge doesn't know Bryant personally and people around the league are unsure if he will take a risk on someone with no head-coaching experience, unless Mitchell potentially pushes for it.

Having said that, it hasn't done the Boston Celtics any harm given their success under Ime Udoka this season.

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