A resident of the Utah Jazz since 2013, Rudy Gobert has never seemed so close to leaving the Salt Lake City franchise, which took the door in the first round of the play-offs this season. The French pivot is announced with insistence on the side of the Chicago Bulls, but nothing is yet recorded.
When the NBA resumes its rights at the start of the school year, Rudy Gobert will begin its eighth season in the closed North American league. The Frenchman’s adventure across the Atlantic began in 2013, when he was a candidate for the Disorganized. The pivot, announced that year as a contender for the top 10 or even the top 5 by American analysts, was selected in the first round, in 27th position by the Denver nuggets. However, the tricolor will never wear the jersey of the Colorado franchise, since it is in the process included in a trade with the Utah Jazz, which thus becomes his new team. After several consecutive seasons without knowing the joy of playing in the play-offs, Gobert and his teammates who finally reached the final stage of the championship during the 2016/2017 season. A performance that the Jazz will then reissue each season. Despite this significant regularity, the franchise playing at Salt Lake City never managed to whistle in the final NBA. This year again, Utah bowed from the first all of the play-offs against the Dallas Mavericks (4 wins to 2 for the mavs). One more disappointment which could well cause movement within the club, and in particular for a certain Rudy Gobert.
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Gobert against the Bulls?
The new elimination of Jazz during these play-offs caused the frustration and anger of the fans, who demanded change within their team. Their wishes may well be granted, as the franchise’s management is open to the idea of retaining the workforce. Whether Donovan Mitchellthe other star of the team, is not threatened by a departure and has not expressed such a desire, Rudy Gobert, he is likely to pack his bags during the offseason. However, no question for Utah to easily let go of his best player, who could bring in a tidy sum in the club’s coffers. In any case, a Conference franchise is an already made part of his interest in the one who was voted three times best defender of NBA (2018, 2019, 2021): the Chicago Bulls. Indeed, the former franchise of Michael Jordan sorely lacking a pivot to raise his level of play. Discussions between the bulls and the Jazz have already taken place in the past, and could well resume in the weeks to come. Evidenced by the revelations of the insider Matt Moorewho is convinced to see number 27 join Illinois this summer: “Everyone in the league expects Rudy Gobert to go to Chicago today. That’s what I heard “ he said in comments reported by let’s talk-basket.com. If there is currently no agreement between the two parties, there is no doubt that Gobert will animate the transfer market until the resumption of the NBA.