After nine seasons under the colors of the Jazz, Rudy Gobert will join the Timberwolves as part of an exchange allowing the franchise based in Salt Lake City to recover several players.
The departure of Quin Snyder may have been too much for Rudy Gobert. Drafted in 2013 by the Denver Nuggets, the French international pivot was then immediately sent to Utah. But, after nine seasons under the colors of Jazz, the one who participated in the last three editions of the All-Star Game will change air this summer. Indeed, according to information from the very well-informed journalist of the American channel ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski, Rudy Gobert is at the heart of a high-profile trade between the Jazz and the Timberwolves. Indeed, while the franchise of Minnesota recovers one of the best defenders of the NBA, that based in Salt Lake City integrates in its workforce no less than four players. Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Walker Kessler, recently drafted in 2nd position by the Memphis Grizzlies then sent to Minnesota, will go the opposite way. To this is added no less than four choices in the first round of the Draft in 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029, the latter being a protected Top 5.
The Jazz are landing four Minnesota first-round picks and 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler in the deal for Rudy Gobert, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2022
Gobert joins Towns at Wolves
After no less than 611 games with the Jazz, Rudy Gobert will try to take another step in the Wolves squad, who also failed in the first round of the play-offs this season. The Frenchman is also entering into the project that Tim Connelly, who recently arrived at the head of Wolves from the Denver Nuggets, wants to put in place and who greatly wanted to strengthen the pivot position. Rudy Gobert will thus have the opportunity to play alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, whose contract has just been extended for another five seasons.valued at 224 million dollars, but also the promising Anthony Edwards. The one who was voted best defender in the NBA three times thus gives new impetus to his careerhe who aspires to seek the title in the prestigious North American league but who hid less and less his frustration with the results of the Utah franchise, which never went further than the second round of the playoffs for the past six seasons.