Utah Jazz traded their star Center and former DPOyto Minnesota Timberwolves was yet to be announced by either franchise, but Rudy Gobert bif goodbye to Utah Jazz fans on Twitter, before joining the likes of Karl Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards in Minnesota.
As per ESPN reporter Wojnarowski (Twitter), the Jazz will receive Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler, and four future first-round picks in return for their defensive pillar. Gobert played for the Jazz since 2013. His performances flourished at Utah as he won many personal Accolades during his 9 years of game time at the franchise. The French star took to social media to issue his farewell after nine seasons in Utah.
He wrote a heartfelt message to the Jazz fans, who supported him immensely during his period at Salt Lake City. “Utah!!! I was just a kid from France when I got here 9 years ago but I felt embraced and supported since day one,” Gobert captioned the post. “I’ve grown as a man and as a player before your very eyes and I’m thankful from every single moment. Utah and its community will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you! Forever grateful. The journey continue… Much love. No. 27”
Gobert developed into one of the premier big men in the NBA, a prime rim protector, and one of the greatest rebounders in the history of the game. Jazz’s decision to trade their prized asset indicates their “rebuilding” phase, while they receive a massive haul of assets in the trade.
Rudy Gobert was a Defensive pillar at Utah Jazz and could possibly be a game-changer at Minnesota Timberwolves
Gobert was drafted by Denver Nuggets in 2011 and then traded to Utah in 2013. But since 2016, Gobert’s defensive skills got huge recognition. After a series of injuries, Gobert got a steady role as a starter from 2016 at Salt Lake City; wherein he won six consecutive All-Defensive first teams appearances, four All-NBA honors, three All-Star nods, and won the Defensive Player of the Year award three times including a blocking leader in 2017. Last season to French star led the league in rebounds, emphasizing his rim protection abilities.
“Thankful for it all… the doubters, the supporters, and more importantly my teammates and all the amazing people around me that push me to be better every day,” Gobert added in a separate Instagram post. “It’s been an amazing journey with a lot of ups and downs and I wouldn’t want it any different. We only getting started.”
Rudy Gobert’s time with the Utah Jazz has officially come to an end, but it can be seen as a monumental trade for both the franchises involved. A breakup potentially looked to be on the cards after rumors surfaced about him not being on the best of terms with co-star Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell remained the multi-stat leader for the Jazz, wherein they might not be finished shopping for the assets they got in the Gobert trade.
Gobert anchored what was one of the better defenses in the league, playing a big role in lifting a franchise that had been rocked by Jerry Sloan’s retirement. The team managed to keep up a high ranking and was regular in the postseason; unfortunately, they couldn’t finish strong on their consistent regular-season performances.
Gobert now heads to a team that is brimming with young talent headlined by Anthony Edwards and he gets paired with Karl-Anthony Towns in the frontcourt. If a 30-years-old star can continue his form at Minnesota, it could be a game-changing affair for the north-landers. The forward pairing of Karl Anthony Towns and Gobert will form the newest Twin Towers in the NBA and might clear the first-round hurdle for the first time since the 2004 season.
Gobert will no doubt makes the Wolves, defensively strong, but it will allow Towns to unleash his offensive game more frequently now. Minnesota did manage to keep its core intact in the trade, which can be seen as a win for the franchise.
President of operations at Minnesota Timberwolves, Tim Connelly is certainly on a mission to put forward the strongest team in coming seasons. We will have to look out for the exciting new Timberwolves team to take on the league.