Jazz trades Rudy Gobert for Timberwolves

That jazz trade the three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to the wood wolvessay sources to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

According to Wojnarowski (Everyone Twitter connections), the jazz is received Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverly, Jared Vanderbilt, Leandro BolmaroFirst round selection 2022 Walker Kesslerand four future first-rounders in the business.

Minnesota will send Utah unprotected first-round picks in 2023, 2025 and 2027, along with a top-five protected first-rounder from 2029 and the right to trade picks in 2026, reports The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski (Twitter link).

Major upheaval was expected in Utah this spring, and Gobert has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Jazz pulled out of the postseason. Additionally, the Wolves have been rumored to be in the market for a rim-protecting center to play with Karl-Anthony-Citiesand had been connected to Gobert.

However, the fact that the two division rivals were able to agree on terms of this blockbuster deal comes as a major surprise and represents a major home run swing from the new Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and incoming owners Markus Lore and Alex Rodriguez.

The move will cost the Timberwolves a good chunk of their depth but create a loaded starting XI. Cities and Gobert are said to be supported by Point Guard D’Angelo Russellrising star Anthony Edwardsand one of Kyle Anderson, bull princeor Jaden McDaniels.

Wolves will have Gobert on a multi-year deal – he is owed a guaranteed $123 million over the next three seasons and has a $46.7 million player option 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 draft assets and plan to retool their roster Donovan Mitchell forward, per Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The Athletic’s Tony Jones confirmed (via twitter) that the team has no plans to trade Mitchell.

There could be an opportunity for the Jazz to turn around and immediately flip some of the picks they’ve amassed for an Impact player who will complement Mitchell.

For example, Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro (via twitter), for which Utah has some interest in exploring a sign-and-trade deal to sunbathe Restricted Free Agent Center Deandre Aytonand Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer confirmed (via twitter) that the Wolves, Jazz and Suns had discussed some 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 is currently $11 million under this season’s 13-player tax limit and should have significant flexibility going forward. tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

As for Wolves, they’re forecasting to be about $9.5 million under tax with 11 players on their books, Marks says.