Rudy Gobert reads Twitter feedback, so he is conscious that Minnesota followers did not like him very a lot throughout his first 9 NBA seasons. And he additionally heard Timberwolves coach Chris Finch complain often about the way in which he units screens.
These views are in all probability going to vary.
“Now we’re on the identical facet, so I am excited,” Gobert stated.
So is Minnesota, with good cause. The Timberwolves introduced the acquisition of Gobert at a information convention in Minneapolis on Wednesday, when the commerce that they agreed to make with the Utah Jazz final week might lastly turn into official. It took 4 gamers, 5 first-round picks — together with one made final month — and the choice of swapping one other choose to get the French middle to Minnesota, and the Timberwolves nonetheless really feel like they acquired the higher of the deal.
“We expect that he matches completely within what we already do,” Finch stated.
In a league that has turn into more and more positionless, the place small-ball reigns at instances, the Timberwolves now have two of the league’s best large males in the identical lineup with a three-time defensive participant of the yr in Gobert taking part in alongside All-NBA performer Karl-Anthony Cities.
“He does not inhibit something now we have presently,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly stated. “He makes it higher. He augments what now we have presently. So, once we have a look at match, it isn’t nearly expertise. It is about type of growing the workforce … and he’ll make it higher.”
The Utah-Minnesota commerce was executed shortly after the NBA’s moratorium on most offseason participant motion and contract signings was lifted on Wednesday.
The ultimate settlement within the Utah-Minnesota deal was this: Gobert to the Timberwolves for Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, the rights to newly drafted Walker Kessler, Minnesota’s 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029 first-round picks and a 2026 first-round choose swap.
Jazz proprietor Ryan Smith stated Gobert “will perpetually be part of us.”
“Rudy Gobert had a big impact on this franchise and your complete state of Utah throughout his 9 seasons with the Jazz,” Smith stated. “One of many biggest defensive gamers in NBA historical past, Rudy will perpetually be thought-about one of the crucial vital gamers to put on a Jazz uniform. His love for and affect on this neighborhood are unimaginable to overstate.”
The Jazz noticed coach Quin Snyder step down final month after eight seasons and employed former San Antonio and Boston assistant Will Hardy to exchange him. Then got here the Gobert commerce, ending an period in Utah. No workforce within the Western Convention has gained extra common season video games over the past six seasons than the Jazz, however the success by no means carried over into the postseason. Utah made the playoffs in every of these six years, not getting previous the second spherical.
“The window for successful just isn’t all the time large,” Gobert stated. “For us in Utah, that is type of what occurred. I believe the group felt like that. We had perhaps handed that window that we had over the previous few years. I believe it is nonetheless going to be a really aggressive workforce. It simply felt like with all of the belongings that they might get for me, it was higher for them to go that means.”
The Timberwolves is perhaps the other. They have not seen the second spherical in practically twenty years, and are betting that Cities, Gobert, Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell can turn into a core to vary all that.
“The aim is to win a championship,” Gobert stated. “I got here right here for that. I did not come right here simply to be a great workforce. I got here right here to attempt to take this workforce to the finals and achieve that.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.