Rudy Gobert Trade to Timberwolves Shocks NBA Twitter; Jazz Praised for Return

Erin WalshJuly 1, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - APRIL 28: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz warms up before Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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The Utah Jazz have moved on from star big man Rudy Gobert, sending him to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal on Friday in exchange for Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler and four first-round picks, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

While Gobert had been included in trade rumors all offseason, his move to Minnesota was shocking to many fans around the NBA.

House of Highlights @HoHighlights

Rudy Gobert being sent to Minnesota. <br><br>WOW. 😳 <a href="https://t.co/eCIg4TSlZo">pic.twitter.com/eCIg4TSlZo</a>

Dalton Trigg @dalton_trigg

Wolves were so scared of the idea of Christian Wood &amp; JaVale McGee starting together they had to trade the farm to pair Rudy Gobert with KAT.

FanDuel Sportsbook @FDSportsbook

NBA teams trying to score on Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns like <a href="https://t.co/mrJ0EngkTN">pic.twitter.com/mrJ0EngkTN</a>

Action Network @ActionNetworkHQ

The Timberwolves just traded FIVE first-round picks (including Walker Kessler) for Rudy Gobert. <br><br>More first-round picks than Gobert has All-Star appearances (3) 😳 <a href="https://t.co/f0p3IDS6y6">pic.twitter.com/f0p3IDS6y6</a>

theScore @theScore

Rudy Gobert is being traded to... Minnesota??? 🀯 <a href="https://t.co/iaTqemiDXR">pic.twitter.com/iaTqemiDXR</a>

Markelle πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ή @IcyLindorSznn

Pat Bev did all this just to get traded for Rudy Gobert 😭😭 <a href="https://t.co/oBTL3BhXfM">pic.twitter.com/oBTL3BhXfM</a>

Sean O'Connell @realOCsports

I am sad to see Rudy Gobert go. A master of the dying art of rim protection and a guy who clearly cared a whole lot

Brooklyn Netcast @BrooklynNetcast

If this is the package it took to get RUDY GOBERT, the nets should be getting at least double this for KD. <a href="https://t.co/PAYZ8TZiaN">https://t.co/PAYZ8TZiaN</a>

Tomer Azarly @TomerAzarly

The Jazz are about to get exposed and realize how good/important Rudy Gobert was.

Barflaan Tedoe πŸ‡±πŸ‡· @The_Barftender

D-Lo<br>Anthony Edwards<br>Jaden McDaniels<br>KAT<br>Rudy Gobert<br><br>WOW. This is going to be interesting

That said, the Jazz were praised for their absolute haul of a return. While the individual players included in the deal aren't the best, the whopping four first-round picks, one of which is top-five protected in 2029, will be a game-changer for Utah in the future.

Knicks Rants @KnicksRants

I'm sorry, losing gobert is ass and all but on the contrary they got rid of their shitty supermax contract and got 4 first round picks IN RETURN that's a win for the jazz

π“—π“Ύπ“­π“­πŸ‘‘ @TheyLuvHudd

Jazz lowkey won this trade they are getting a lot of value for Gobert who is good but they are also getting decent players and a haul of picks in return. For the wolves it doesn't make much sense to me why they would dump off all their picks and decent players for a bench center <a href="https://t.co/FwLhUtOoh8">https://t.co/FwLhUtOoh8</a>

Michael Fiddle @mfiddle14

Danny Ainge dials up the new ownership and gives them a star in return for all draft captial. EXACTLY what he did to Nets and Proky when they moved to Bk.<br><br>Jazz just FLEECED the Wolves. <br><br>I dont understand the Gobert/Towns combo. Dejounte was available for less and fits better

SportsComedyHipHop @SuperDopeHipHop

I actually like this for Jazz. Vanderbilt Beverly Kessler all good defensive players in return + Beasley off bench, but 3 unprotected 1s 2023/25/27, swap in 26 and top5 protected 2029 1 is a ton for Gobert who struggles vs modern day small 3 ball NBA lineups. <a href="https://t.co/imwQGLgqgQ">https://t.co/imwQGLgqgQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/F3g6DUS9B2">pic.twitter.com/F3g6DUS9B2</a>

Mike Kennedy @MikeKennedyNFL

Danny Ainge did it again though.<br><br>Would you believe the Jazz just got more picks and better players in return for Rudy Gobert than the Celtics did for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in 2013?<br><br>You know, that trade that famously set Boston up to where they are today?

Dhruv @drpmmv

The Jazz got so much in return for Gobert, 4 firsts is craaaazy.

Gobert, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, was always going to command a hefty return, but not many believed the Jazz would be able to snag four first-round picks for the veteran, in addition to a number of roster players.

That said, Minnesota's lineup could be one of the best in the NBA in 2022-23 with Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels and D'Angelo Russell set to take the floor together.

The Timberwolves possibly felt like they needed to make this trade in order to compete against the likes of the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns in an increasingly difficult Western Conference.

Pairing Gobert with Towns will undoubtedly make the franchise a contender in 2022-23 and beyond. The 30-year-old averaged 15.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.1 blocks per game last season for a Utah team that was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

In 2022-23, Gobert and the Timberwolves will be a serious threat to make a deep playoff run.

As for Utah, it seems more and more likely the franchise is headed for a rebuild, though Wojnarowski reported the team plans to retool the roster around Donovan Mitchell. However, if the Jazz also end up trading Mitchell, it will be clear that the franchise wants to start anew.