According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to acquire Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Utah will get Malik Beasley in exchange for a number of first-round draft selections and a host of other players, including PatMalik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Leandro Bolmaro, and Jarred Vanderbilt.
Gobert has been named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year three times and is usually regarded as the finest rim protector in the game. For the Timberwolves, he will create a formidable frontcourt alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, another of the league’s top offensive big men.
The 30-year-old Frenchman has taken Minnesota’s defense to a new level, despite the team’s shocking 13th-place finish last year. They’ll have to adapt their approach, but no Gobert defense has ever finished worse than 13th in the league over the previous seven seasons.
Rudy Gobert joins Timberwolves
Utah, on the other hand, has come to the close of one of the most prosperous periods in its history. After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, it became evident that the Jazz needed to make a change.
With a player option for $46.7 million in 2025/26 worth $123 million over the following three seasons, Gobert will be with the Wolves for a long period of time.