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SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell will miss Sunday's All-Star Game in Cleveland due to a non-COVID illness, the Utah Jazz star guard announced Sunday afternoon.

Mitchell, who was set to play on Team LeBron, has been in Cleveland, but the illness has kept him out of the All-Star festivities. On Saturday, he missed the All-Star practice and media availability; however, he still hoped he could play in the game. That hope ended on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement, Mitchell revealed he would not be suiting up for the annual showcase.

"It is a great honor and has always been a dream of mine to be selected as an NBA All-Star," Mitchell said. "Remorsefully, I will not be able to play in tonight's All-Star Game due to an upper respiratory illness (non-COVID related). The entire All-Star weekend is a celebration of the basketball community, the fans and the sport I am blessed to play."

Mitchell has had a big presence during All-Star Weekend since entering the league. He won the dunk contest as a rookie, competed in the Rising Stars Challenge his first two seasons, and participated in the 3-point contest last season.

This was to be his third All-Star Game appearance. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his first two All-Star Games.

"I'm focused on getting well and back out on the court," Mitchell said. "Thank you for all the get-well wishes. I can't wait to see the game later today."

Utah center Rudy Gobert will now be the Jazz's lone representative in the game.

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