The focus of the French basketball team, last year’s Olympic vice-champion Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, where he has been playing since 2014, will be moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the US press.
According to ESPN, the 2.16-meter center will be sent to Minnesota against five players (owner Beasley, Patrick Beverly, Walker Kessler, Jared Vanderbilt and Leandro Bolmaro) and four first-round picks in the coming years (2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029). He will develop especially at Timberwolves alongside other top-tier interiors, Karl-Anthony Towns and young linebacker Anthony Edwards.
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Joubert, 30, was named the NBA’s Best Defender three times in 2018, 2019 and 2021, and was named three times in the All Star Game of the North American Basketball League. Recognized for his defensive qualities, he was a Salt Lake City quarterback with rear Donovan Mitchell, even if the Jazz could never live up to the hopes placed in this league in the play-offs.
The best player of the regular season last year with 14.7 catches per game on average, “Gobzilla” scored 15.6 points per game. Fifth in the Western Conference with 49 wins and 33 losses, the Jazz players were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Dallas.
In December 2020, Goubert signed a contract with Utah State which was then one of the biggest contracts ever signed in the NBA, for $205 million over 5 years. With the Blues, he has 74 caps since 2012.