Rudy Gobert He reads the comments on Twitter, so he realizes that Minnesota fans didn’t like him very much in his first nine NBA seasons. and also heard timber wolves Coach Chris Finch regularly complains about the way he sets the screens.
These views are subject to change.
“Now we’re on the same side, so I’m excited,” Gobert said.
Just like Minnesota, for good reason. The Timberwolves announced their acquisition of Gobert at a press conference in Minneapolis on Wednesday, when they agreed to trade with Utah Jazz Last week could finally become official. It took four players, five first-round picks — including one made last month — and a replacement option to bring the French quarterback to Minnesota, and the Timberwolves still feel better than the market.
“We think it’s a perfect fit with what we’re already doing,” Finch said.
In an increasingly centerless league where small ball sometimes prevails, the Timberwolves now have two of the league’s best players on the same team with Gobert’s three-time Defensive Player of the Year playing alongside performer All -NBA. Cities of Karl Anthony.
“It doesn’t take anything away from what we have at the moment,” Timberwolves chief basketball operations officer Tim Connelly said. “It makes it better. It improves on what we currently have. So when we look at the right situation, it’s not just about talent. It’s kind of a team development… and it’s going to make it better.”
The Utah-Minnesota deal was executed shortly after the NBA suspended most out-of-season player moves and contract signings were lifted on Wednesday.
The final deal in the Utah-Minnesota deal was as follows: Gobert to the Timberwolves for patrick beverlyAnd the Owner BeasleyAnd the Jared VanderbiltAnd the Leandro Bolmaronewly created rights Walker KeslerMinnesota’s first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029 and the first-round pick trade in 2026.
Jazz owner Ryan Smith said Joubert “will be a part of us forever”.
“Rudy Joubert had a huge impact on this franchise and on the entire state of Utah during his nine seasons with Jazz,” Smith said. “One of the greatest defensive players in NBA history, Rudy will forever be considered one of the most important players to ever wear the jazz uniform. It is impossible to overstate his love and its impact on this community.
Jazz saw coach Quinn Snyder step down last month after eight seasons and a previous appointment San Antonio other Boston Will Hardy’s assistant to replace him. Then came the Joubert trade, ending an era in Utah. No Western Conference team has won more regular games than the Jazz in the past six seasons, but the success didn’t carry over beyond the season. Utah made the playoffs in each of those six years, never making it past the second round.
“The window to win is not always big,” Joubert said. “For us in Utah, that’s kind of what happened. I think the organization felt it. We’ve probably exceeded that window we’ve had for the past few years. I think it’s still a very competitive team. I just felt like with all the assets they could get for me, they better go that route.
The Timberwolves may be the opposite. They haven’t seen the second round in nearly two decades and are betting Townes, Joubert, Anthony Edwards other D’Angelo Russel You can become the nucleus to change all that.
“The goal is to win a championship,” Gobert said. “I came here for this. I didn’t come here just to be a good team. I came here to try and get this team to the final and make that happen.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.