Rudy Gobert: I’m excited to continue this journey, I want to say climb the ladder, and to do it with Donovan [Mitchell]. All the things that happened between me and Donovan, within our team and also in the world, I think it really helped us to understand each other better. And now I’m really sure that – and I’m speaking with my heart – we know we can win together, and I want to win with Donovan.
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Rudy Gobert: I could have never imagined this. My mom, my sister, my brother and my niece were all in town, as was my agent, Bouna Ndiaye. We had dinner as a family at my home to celebrate. We opened a very good bottle of wine. We just really enjoyed this moment and took time to just reflect, and also at the same time, project about the future. There was a lot of emotions, especially to be able to share this moment with my family.
Rudy Gobert: I wanted to be selected in the young professional basketball academy in France, and I got rejected when I was 16. I wasn’t even part of the (under-16) French national team. Then when I got drafted 27th, and my first year I wasn’t playing, I went to the G League. Just all the struggles. Looking back, I think that’s what made me, and that’s what defines me. And this is just the story of my life. I always had to work harder than everyone and keep my head down.
Rudy Gobert: There’s never been pressure regarding the money. I always put pressure on myself to be the best I can be every single time I step on the court. And that’s really what drives me is to be able to look back at the end of my career, and not look at how much money I made, but look at the journey and what I was able to accomplish, and the lives I was able to impact in a good way. That’s all that matters to me, and that’s what drives me to be the best I can be every single day. Obviously, it’s a great achievement. But it just motivates me to take it to the next level even more, work even harder, and also to prove to all the people that always have something to say that it’s only the beginning.
“This is unbelievable,” Gobert said. “I barely played my first year. All of the struggles and the hard work. All of the people who believed in me. This is for my mother, and honestly, I think this means a lot for the kids who feel overlooked and not where they should be. I want to motivate them. This is the story I want to tell.”
In truth, the Jazz and Gobert were on the same page. The Jazz wanted Gobert to be with the franchise long term. Gobert wanted to be with the Jazz long term. He built a house in Utah. Much like his co-star Donovan Mitchell, he’s invested in the community. And he’s a loyal guy. How many Jazz fans remember his famous social media video when Gordon Hayward left the franchise for the Boston Celtics? Gobert has always spoken of being loyal to the Jazz and finding his way to a championship with this team. In that sense, it was just a matter of Gobert and the Jazz finding a number that worked for both sides.
Eric Walden: Rudy, on why he didn’t wait until next summer and join a super-team: “That wouldn’t have fit my story. … The last seven yers here, the blood and the sweat — it wouldn’t have meant the same to win it somewhere else. … For me, it will just be something that holds more weight.”
Eric Walden: Donovan, on Rudy’s extension, and their relationship: “It’s big. I’m excited for him and I told him that. … We’re fine. It’s over. It’s past us. It’s hard to believe it’s still the same year (that everything happened).”
Eric Walden: Donovan, on his on-court relationship with Rudy: “I think we’re in a good spot on the court. … What you saw in the bubble is just a small step, a small glimpse.”
Eric Walden: Donovan: “I applaud Rudy — he showed up every day and you wouldn’t have been able to tell if negotiations were going great or going bad. … He was just the ultimate pro.”
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on his extension: “A lot of emotions, sharing so much with my family — looking back where we came from and everything we went through. Just a great moment to share with my family. And a lot of gratitude — I’m very proud of what we built.”
Eric Walden: Rudy: “This decision was easy to make. My heart is here. Bringing a championship to this organization and to the state of Utah would be pretty powerful.”
Eric Walden: Rudy: “For me, it’s unbelievable — getting drafted 27th, coming from France, barely playing my first year, being in the G League … It means a lot to kids like me who feel like they’re being overlooked or are not where they should be. It’s motivating. It’s all about work.”
Ben Anderson: Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s extension. “I know Rudy has been committed to Utah, the Jazz, and his teammates. He’s built a house here. And he’s thrilled to continue to be a part of this franchise and this community. So it’s a special day.”
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All-NBA big man Rudy Gobert will sign a five-year, $205 million contract extension with the Utah Jazz, he told ESPN after agreeing to the largest deal for a center in league history.
“For me, my goal is to always win a championship,” said Gobert, who has a player option for the fifth season of the deal. “When we spoke with my agent before the negotiations started, I decided that I didn’t want to ask for the supermax. We didn’t want to start the negotiations by asking for the supermax. For me, it was important to show to the organization and show to the team that it wasn’t about money. It was about continuing to build what we’ve been building and also give this team and give myself the stability and the peace of mind to not have to deal with the negotiations later.
“It means that they believe in me,” Gobert told ESPN. “They believe in what we’ve been building over the years with this whole organization, with coach [Quin Snyder] and all the guys. For me, it’s an incredible blessing. It’s a very motivating feeling to know that we all share the same vision and we all share this goal for this state and for this franchise.”
Eric Walden: New Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, on his relationship with the team: “Quin coaches right where I sit — he always almost trips over my feet. … I love Rudy, I see everything he does and have so much respect for what he does; I’m hoping he’s here for a long time.”
The Rudy Gobert contract extension situation took another interesting turn today, with a new report of negotiation details. On today’s episode of ESPN Podcast Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Tim MacMahon reported that Rudy Gobert did NOT ask the Jazz for a supermax extension. “I don’t have precise contract figures. I have been told that he did not ask for the full supermax, I know there has been some reporting in Utah that he did, I’ve been told that is not true.”
Porter Larsen: So far: – Rudy Gobert asked the Jazz to fulfill the supermax contract he is eligible for(35% of cap) – Jazz responded with an offer of the normal max(28% of cap) – Gobert’s camp turned that offer down – Two sides have 5 days to agree on an extension
Sarah Todd: For those looking to read between the lines re: Rudy Gobert’s future with the Jazz. He said this today: “We have a window…this year in the next few years and we have to take advantage of that window and I really feel like we’re we’re going to have a chance”
But, even with all of that on the table and the future so undecided, Gobert said his goals have not changed since the day he joined the Utah Jazz in 2013. “My goal is to win a championship here,” he said on Tuesday. “It’s been my goal since I got here and it’s still the same. I’m focused on the upcoming season and I’m excited. About the negotiation talk, that’s why I have an agent. So I can focus on basketball and let him take care of that.”
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on his extension talks: “My goal is to win a championship here, that’s been my goal since I got here, and it still is. … Negotiation talk, that’s why I have an agent. I’ll let him take care of that.”
Tim MacMahon: Jazz executive VP Dennis Lindsey on extension discussions with Rudy Gobert: “We don’t comment on past, present or future negotiations, but we love Rudy. We want Rudy to be here for the rest of his career.”
Tim Bontemps: What happens with Rudy Gobert in Utah. It has been a good offseason for the Jazz, between reaching a deal with Jordan Clarkson, bringing back old friend Derrick Favors and securing Donovan Mitchell with a max contract extension. But with Gobert one year from unrestricted free agency, the final piece of Utah’s offseason will be trying to get Gobert signed to a contract extension to keep him with the franchise long-term. If they can’t reach an agreement, Gobert will become an intriguing trade target.
Christopher Hine: The league just released its All-NBA teams. Karl-Anthony Towns DID NOT make it. Rudy Gobert beat him out for the third team. His 5-year extension will be worth around $158 million instead of $190 million.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said he feels a bond with Gobert, who rose to prominence in the NBA midway through Snyder’s first season coaching in Utah. It was Snyder who phoned Gobert to let him know the Jazz and his agent were in the process of finalizing the deal. “It was a pretty special moment,” the coach said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Only $90M of Rudy Gobert’s $102M extension guaranteed. $3M in annual bonus incentives
Rudy Gobert: 4 more years! Love the organization, the fans and of course living in Utah! I’m very excited about the team we are building and truly believe that we will accomplish great things in the near future. #takenote
Jody Genessy: There are no options on Rudy Gobert’s four-year deal.
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed center Rudy Gobert to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Trevor Booker: Congrats to the homie @Rudy Gobert on the extension. Too bad money can’t keep you from getting dunked on when we play.
Center Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz agreed on Monday to a four-year contract extension worth $102 million, according to league sources. The deal, on course to be finalized in advance of Monday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, will fall just shy of the projected max of $106 million. “It will be done today,” said one source close to the talks.
Gobert had told the Salt Lake Tribune this month that he was prepared to wait until restricted free agency in July, if necessary, but sources say Utah was motivated to get a deal done before the extension window closed for 2013 first-round picks to ensure that its defensive anchor stayed off the open market next summer.
Marc J. Spears: The Jazz has agreed to a four-year, $102 million contract extension with center Rudy Gobert, a source told @TheUndefeated.
Marc Stein: Story going online with @Marc J. Spears: Sources say Rudy Gobert and the Jazz have agreed to a four-year, $102 million contract extension.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rudy Gobert is finalizing a four-year, $100M-plus contract extension with the Utah Jazz, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Gobert’s four-year deal will land in the $101-102M range, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Another significant rookie extension conversation that’s ongoing: Utah’s Rudy Gobert.
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey on Rudy Gobert’s contract situation: “We’ll get something done now or later. We obviously don’t comment on negotiations. There are times when you get a deal that works for both sides. There are times when it’s best to go into restricted free agency. Luckily, we have great trust with Rudy and his agents. Now or later, I think we’re fundamentally in a good place.”
Most league insiders agree that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert remains the most likely candidate, of the 2013 first-rounders still on the board, to land an extension by month’s end. The French Rejection — or Stifle Tower, if you insist — is one of the foremost draft steals of recent vintage, ranks as a leading NBA Defensive Player of the Year favorite and stands as a key figure in Utah’s rise in the West. Rest assured, Jazz officials are well aware that securing the long-term futures of Gobert and Derrick Favors can only enhance their chances of avoiding the nightmare scenario of seeing free agent-to-be Gordon Hayward leave in the summer.
Jazz officials have stayed quiet on talks between the two sides, with about five weeks until the Oct. 31 deadline to finalize a deal. If no agreement can be reached by then, Gobert would become a restricted free agent in July and thus eligible to sign an offer sheet with another team.
The Jazz, of course, would then have the chance to match to keep Gobert in Salt Lake, which appears to be the Frenchman’s preference. “Everybody knows I want to be here,” he said.
Chris Haynes: Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert’s camp have agreed to postpone extension talks until after Olympics, league sources tell @clevelanddotcom.
The Stifle Tower isn’t stressing over the extension process. He knows where he wants to continue playing in the NBA. “I want to stay with the Jazz,” Gobert said. “I like the team we’re building. I like everything we’re doing here. I don’t have no reason to go. We’ll see.”
French agent Bouna Ndiaye, who helped Nicolas Batum sign a $120 million contract and Evan Fournier a $85 million contract, is in Salt Lake City to begin negotiations with the Utah Jazz hoping to do better with Rudy Gobert.
As reported by French newspaper L’Equipe, Rudy Gobert’s agent, Bouna NDiaye, is in Salt Lake City to begin contract extension talks with the Utah Jazz. Gobert is eligible for a contract extension this summer and may see a huge raise in his salay. A max deal for Gobert would be around $143 million.
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Meanwhile, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported on a podcast with Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, that the Nets have their eyes on Drummond who’s playing on an expiring $28.7 million contract. ”People around the league say the Nets are hoping that Andre Drummond, the Cavs center, gets bought out. That’s what people say they’re hoping for but that’s unlikely because Cleveland is still in it,” referring to the playoff hunt.
“I just wish I would have known up front and not have to beat around the bush to figure things out. That’s just my motivation there. They thought I was done. Basically, that’s how I feel. This is my opportunity to show them that I’m not done. But the most important thing for me is get the win. I don’t care how many numbers I have, it’s about getting the win. That’s the most important thing because if I get 40 and then we lose, the trade don’t look as bad from their aspect because they beat us that one game they did play us. So, my ultimate goal is to try to get a win for my team tomorrow.”
Well, that’s going to be hard to imagine once you hear his extended thoughts on playing the Wizards on Tuesday, which he shared with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. Now with the Rockets, Wall admitted facing the Wizards is personal after how his exit was handled, and that he is out for revenge. “Just seeing everybody that’s over there, a lot of people that’s on that side that probably didn’t believe I could come back to be the person I am. And probably some people that had a little say so into me being traded,” Wall told Miller. “I feel like it was a whole process and it wasn’t just something that happened overnight. I think this was in the works. That’s my motivation. Who wouldn’t want to beat the team that traded them and felt like I was done?”
“Most importantly, all I really wanted from the start of all of it was just to be told the truth. That’s the most important thing and what made it so hard for me to understand what was going on because I wasn’t told the truth. I understand it’s a business and things go on and people move on and you get traded, organizations in different ways. When I heard the rumors, I called and asked are these true or are these something not to worry about? From that day forward, all I heard was ‘no, those rumors aren’t true, don’t worry about it.’ In all reality, it was true,” Wall said.
“Outside of James [Harden] not showing up to training camp and not wanting to be here, everything else was amazing,” Wall told NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. “The most important thing is we couldn’t control what he wanted to do and at the same time as an organization, you’ve gotta understand they wanna handle it the way they wanna handle it.”
“He’s always happy. I’ve never seen LeBron mad — he’s always happy,” Davis told CBS Sports. “But on the flipside, he’s so determined and hard-working for basketball. So it’s a balance, and you’ve got to find a balance.”