The “winners and losers” concept that we use on this site to evaluate transactions does not cleanly match this big trade.
Even if the Timberwolves acquired three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, it is still plausible that they spent too much for his services. It is also reasonable to wonder how this group will perform in the regular season as opposed to the postseason.
And while the Jazz comes home a treasure trove of draught selections, this is only the first step for Utah, who claim to be rebuilding around Donovan Mitchell but who is widely believed to be on the verge of doing a complete overhaul. Rudy Gobert is received by the Timberwolves.
Rudy Gobert Traded To Timberwolves
Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, as well as four first-round selections, are received by the Jazz (unprotected first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027, and a top-five protected first-round pick in 2029).
This new environment will further highlight how versatile he is defensive. Even Anthony Edwards joined in, saying he dreaded Kristaps Porzingis more as a guard than Gobert. There had developed a complacency about how he anchored a squad of largely subpar perimeter defenders in Utah.
Minnesota is improved by the addition of Gobert, especially during the regular season. Towns is a force on offense, Anthony Edwards is not just on the verge of becoming one but also the greatest player on the Timberwolves, they have decent shooting, and Gobert is capable of filling in as a reserve player or slam guard. Minnesota’s offense was in the top 10 last year, and it could be even stronger this year.