Rudy Gobert Signs Extension to Remain with Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert Signs Extension to Remain with Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert Signs Extension to Remain with Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert Signs Extension to Remain with Utah Jazz

Travis December 20, 2020
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Rudy Gobert Signs Extension to Remain with Utah Jazz

Ruby Gobert signs extension to remain with Utah Jazz. The All-NBA big man will sign a five-year, $205 million dollar contract extension with the Jazz. The contract will make Rudy Gobert the highest paid center in NBA history. Gobert was eligible for a supermax extension worth $228 million — identical to the deal Giannis Antetokounmpo just signed with the Milwaukee Bucks — because he is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-NBA selection. Gobert said he did not request the full supermax because he wanted the Jazz to have flexibility to continue building around co-star Donovan Mitchell and him. Utah will hope that the two superstars can lead them to that elusive championship.

The Jazz locked up both of their All-Star franchise cornerstones to long-term extensions this offseason. Shooting guard Mitchell, 24, signed a five-year maximum extension of his rookie contract worth a guaranteed $163 million, with a 30% escalator clause that would increase the overall value of the deal to $195 million if he is selected to an All-NBA team this season. There was well-documented tension between Gobert and Mitchell that surfaced during the NBA’s hiatus earlier this year, but both players expressed confidence that they could continue to form a productive professional partnership after discussing their issues before the league’s restart. That belief was reaffirmed by their chemistry in the bubble. Gobert’s contract is the third-biggest deal in NBA history, behind Antetokounmpo’s freshly signed deal and a five-year, $206.8 million deal that Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017.

Gobert, who is entering the final season of a four-year, $102 million contract, has been an All-NBA selection in three of the past four seasons and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He has averaged 14.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game during the Jazz’s streak of four consecutive seasons with postseason berths, having been a pillar of the franchise’s transformation from a 25-win team his rookie year to a perennial playoff squad.

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