By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Utah Jazz have re-signed center Rudy Gobert. This extension will keep him off of the 2021 free agent market.
Gobert has signed a five-year extension. This new deal is worth $205 million.
This is the largest contract ever given out to a center.
“I believe in this group. I believe in this organization,” Gobert said Sunday. “That’s why my decision was easy. That’s where my heart is. Since I got here, I always thought that having a chance to bring a championship to the state of Utah, to the city, and to this organization would be something pretty powerful.”
In the past several weeks, the Jazz have re-signed their cornerstone players. Donovan Mitchell re-signed with the team in November.
He’s now signed through the 2025-26 season. Gobert is now extended through the 2025-26 season, as well.
“Rudy is such a special player,” new Jazz owner Ryan Smith said. “He makes everyone on the court better. We couldn’t be more excited about his commitment to this team, to Utah, and most importantly, to keeping this unique culture together.”
The 28-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2013 NBA Draft. In June 2013, he was traded by the Nuggets to the Jazz for Erick Green and cash.
Green was a bust in the Association. He spent two seasons in the league.
In his career, Gobert has appeared in 474 games, including 382 starts. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year winner is averaging 11.7 points per game.
Gobert is also averaging 11.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, and 2.2 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game.
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