He may be new in town, but Minnesota Timberwolves’ new All-Star NBA center Rudy Gobert is going to be very important to the twin cities. So much so that the Timberwolves front office approved sending four first-round picks, one first-round pick swap, and five rotational players to the Utah Jazz for him.
While some look at this trade at its raw components, there are two extenuating circumstances with this trade that is unlike other high-value trades that have occured in the NBA’s history. For openers, the Minnesota Timberwolves have just begun to compete in the NBA Playoffs.
All that means is that the value of the trade package for Rudy Gobert was between two successful NBA teams, not a lopsided trade that was motivated by a desire to create a salary dump scenario. That changes the trade dynamics that so many have compared to this exchange.
How much is he worth to you?
The market price for Rudy Gobert was quite steep, and the Utah Jazz was more than happy to sell to the highest bidder. But the question should not be what the Minnesota Timberwolves paid for Gobert, but what he is worth to the team. More on that in a moment:
Tim Connelly said Rudy Gobert had “no shortage of suitors” and that the Wolves had a “pretty good sense of the market” it would take to land him.
But Connelly also said Utah was “maybe the biggest competitor” — because “this was not a fire-sale” for the Jazz.
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) July 6, 2022
The value of a player is how he will help your team. In the Timberwolves’ situation? Gobert is that valuable simply due to what he brings to his new team. He is the Stifle Tower.
Almost a custom-fit for this roster
For the Minnesota Timberwolves, that value is extremely high because Gobert brings something that the Timberwolves roster has been lacking for some time. Solid defense around the rim. And when I say solid, I mean arguably the best in the NBA.
just in case you didn’t know how dominant Rudy is:
▪️ 3x NBA Defensive Player of the Year
▪️ 6x NBA All-Defensive First Team
▪️ 3x NBA All-Star
▪️ 4x All-NBA Team
▪️ 2022 NBA Rebounding Leader pic.twitter.com/lEFLGyKHqw
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) July 6, 2022
For a team looking for a center to add defense, the Minnesota Timberwolves truly overshot the mark. If you were asking for a sacrifice fly, the TImerwolves just hit a grand slam. Not only did the Timberwolves get the guy for the job, but the team also ended up with the player who sets the bar.