The ripple effects of the Rudy Gobert trade

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts to a call during an NBA game against the Houston Rockets at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022. Gobert was later ejected from the game for two technical fouls. The Jazz won 135-101.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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It’s been four weeks since the Utah Jazz made the deal that would send Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the ramifications of that trade are still reverberating throughout the NBA.

It was that move that signaled the Jazz’s intentions of moving in a totally different direction, likely a rebuild, making way for movement in the Western Conference and leading up to trade talks involving Donovan Mitchell. But it’s not just the Jazz that have been changed or impacted by the Gobert deal.

The haul that the Jazz got in return for Gobert (Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, this year’s No. 22 overall pick Walker Kessler, four future first-round picks in 2023, 2025 and 2027, a top-five protected pick in 2029 and a pick-swap with Minnesota in 2026) has stalled trade discussions leaguewide.

The Jazz front office deserves a lot of credit for the largesse presented to them by the Wolves. But because of the size of the return for Gobert, the market has been set and now the Jazz are seeking a return of similar quality for Mitchell. So teams hoping to get in on those trade discussions are burdened with having to …read more

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