The Jazz traded three times Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to timber wolvessources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).
According to Wojnarowski (everything Twitter connections), the Jazz will receive Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverly, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro2022 first-round pick Walker Keslerand four future first players in the deal.
Minnesota will send unprotected first-round picks to Utah in 2023, 2025 and 2027, as well as a top-five protected 2029 pick and the right to trade picks in 2026, reports Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic (Twitter link).
A major upset was expected in Utah this spring and Gobert has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Jazz have been eliminated from the playoffs since the spring. Also, Wolves are rumored to be looking for a rim protection center to play alongside Karl Anthony Townsand had been linked to Gobert.
Still, the fact that the two division rivals were able to agree on the terms of this blockbuster deal comes as a major surprise and represents a huge home run from the Timberwolves’ new president of basketball operations. Tim Connelly and new owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez.
The move will cost the Timberwolves a good chunk of their depth, but create a loaded starting five. Towns and Gobert will be joined by the point guard D’Angelo Russelrising star Anthony Edwardsand one of Kyle Anderson, Taurus PrinceWhere Jaden McDaniels.
Wolves will have Gobert under contract for several years – he owes $123m guaranteed over the next three seasons and has a player option of $46.7m for the 2025/26 season.
Having also acquired a first-round pick from Brooklyn this week in exchange for Royce O’Nealethe Jazz are now loaded with asset projects and plan to revamp their roster around Donovan Mitchell moving forward, by Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Tony Jones of The Athletic confirms (by Twitter) that the team has no intention of trading Mitchell.
There could be an opportunity for the Jazz to turn around and immediately flip some of the picks they’ve been accumulating for an impact player to complement Mitchell.
For example, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 reports (by Twitter) that Utah would do well to explore a sign-and-trade deal for Suns restricted free agent center Deandre Aytonand Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer confirms (by Twitter) that the Wolves, Jazz and Suns had discussed three-team scenarios.
Of the players sent to Utah in this trade, only Kessler will have guaranteed money on his contract beyond 2022/23. Beverley is on an expiring contract, while Beasley, Vanderbilt and Bolmaro all have team options. The Jazz are currently $11 million below this season’s tax threshold for 13 players and should have significant flexibility going forward, tweet ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
As for the Wolves, they plan to be about $9.5 million below tax with 11 players on their books, Marks says.