The pivot of the French basketball team, Olympic vice-champion last year Rudy Gobert will be transferred from the Utah Jazz, where he has been playing since 2014, to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the American press.
According to ESPN, the 2.16m center will be sent to Minnesota against five players (Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and Leandro Bolmaro) and four first-round draft picks in the coming years (2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029).
He will evolve in particular at the Timberwolves alongside another very high level interior, Karl-Anthony Towns, and young fullback Anthony Edwards.
A taste of unfinished with Jazz
Named three times best defender in the NBA in 2018, 2019 and 2021, Gobert, 30, was also selected three times for the All Star Game of the North American basketball league.
Recognized for his defensive qualities, he was one of the centerpieces of the Salt Lake City team with rear Donovan Mitchell, even if the Jazz never managed to materialize in the play-offs the hopes placed in this association.
Best rebounder of the regular season last year with 14.7 catches per game on average, "Gobzilla" also 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 play-offs by Dallas.
In December 2020, Gobert signed a contract with Utah which was then one of the biggest ever signed in the NBA, for $ 205 million over 5 years.
With the Blues, he has 74 caps since 2012.
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