Rudy Gobert It has been an intense year. He was stripped of the 2020 All-Star Game in February. In mid-March, he became the first NBA player to contract COVID-19, and as a result the NBA remained closed for over four months. And now, with only a few days left in 2020, Gobert has signed the biggest contract an NBA center has ever had.
Gobert and Utah Jazz agreed to extend $ 205 million for five years. The deal is the biggest for the center and the third-largest in NBA history. Russell Westbrook Five-year earnings in 2017, $ 206.8 million and Giannis Entetoconpo $ 228 million agreement signed Earlier this month.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Gobert’s deal is that he could sign for even more money. He was eligible to receive a Supermax deal that would cost $ 228 million, similar to the way an Entetoconampo was signed.
The 28-year-old, instead, wanted to provide more flexibility to the Jazz. They signed Donovan michelle $ 163 million (and potentially up to $ 195 million) earlier this offseason in a five-year maximum extension. Michael then Donated $ 12 million to his school.
“For me, it was important to show the organization and show the team that it was not about the money,” Gobert said of his decision. “It was about creating what we are building and also giving this team and giving ourselves stability and not having the peace of mind to deal with the conversation later. I want to win, and I like that Seems to leave this money. It was really important for the team to be able to have better talent around me and Donovan just for the team. “
Gobert is entering a final season of four years, a $ 102 million deal. He has been an All-NBA selection in three of the past four seasons and won Defensive Player of the Year in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. And he wanted to reward Jazz for believing in him.
Now, Jazz will work towards acquiring complementary pieces to build its two franchise around the corner. If they can do a championship, they will help fulfill Gobert’s dream of “building a legacy” in Utah.