Rumor: Jazz were tiring of Rudy Gobert before coronavirus
There’s a rift between Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
Their coronavirus diagnoses clearly contributed to the problem. But issues had apparently been brewing for a while.
Gobert is Utah’s best player. He also is four years older than Mitchell, plays a position (center) with the highest replacement level, has a style that doesn’t cleanly translate deep into the playoffs and is up for an expensive contract extension.
If forced to pick between the stars, the Jazz’s choice is clear. It’s Mitchell, who has shown special potential.
Of course, Utah would prefer to operate from a position of strength. That can only happen if its stars get on the same page. Otherwise, everyone assumes the Jazz must deal one – i.e., Gobert.