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. – via ESPN
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. – via ESPN
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. – via Twitter 35_Fitz
Jody Genessy: Clippers coach Doc Rivers said other teams would go away from primarily playing small if they had bigs like Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Jordan. Doc: “All those teams that are playing the other ways, if they (could have) D.J. and Gobert, they would take them today.” – via Twitter DJJazzyJody
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
– via Instagram
"His reads have improved and he's starting to see more space," Snyder said. "Rodney's a really good midrange pull-up guy. We don't want him to just settle for that shot. He can make it, but he doesn't get fouled on that shot."
I'd rather he settled for the mid range where he's great than the 2 pointer where he's streaky at best
Rudy Gobert has played well at times and appears to be on track for a nice season.
Rodney Hood and Dante Exum have had some good moments, too.
other than foul trouble last game Rudy's looked great. Exum and Hood otoh...
“I think they had the best summer. Obviously Golden State got (Kevin) Durant, but you could make a case that they had as good of a summer in the NBA with Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw (and Hill)," Rivers said. “They were a young team last year, right? And they added three grizzled veterans, even (Shelvin) Mack (last season). They had a terrific summer. George Hill will help them in a lot of ways. He’s been in a lot of big games.”
Rivers appreciates Mack anyway. Too bad no one in Utah does.
Also, Gobert wanted to have a deal that was lucrative for him while allowing the Jazz to pay talent around him. That will be important in the next couple of offseasons as Utah tries to keep Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors — perhaps George Hill, too — together as a group.
Need Hill for sure!
Gordon Hayward gave Gobert a shout out on his Twitter account. Incidentally, the Jazz and Hayward could not come to terms on his extension three years ago, a move that cost the Jazz several millions of dollars.
Bigger than that was allowing him to sign with Charlotte with an opt out.
In three games this season, Gobert is averaging 11.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and a 19.79 PER (player efficiency rating). His impact on the defensive end as the league’s premier rim protector is quite high, too.
Rodney Hood has had several bright spots this season, including a stellar 26-point outing in the season opener, but he’s been at times inconsistent. Against the Clippers, Hood contributed just five points on 10 field goal attempts.
While Hood is the team’s third leading scorer, the Jazz need him to take a significant leap in this, his third season in the NBA. Hood has shown glimpses of brilliance throughout his career but lack of consistency has been an issue. Hood is averaging a career high in points (15.3) early in the season, but career lows in field goal, 3-point and free-throw percentage. Improvements across the board for Hood would bode well for the Jazz’ playoff hopes.
Don't get your hopes up. At his age you can't expect him to improve much. Moving him to the bench could make him more effective though.
After a surprisingly productive rookie season, Trey Lyles has yet to find his role on the new-look Jazz. Lyles is averaging just six points per game in three outings, with 38 percent field-goal shooting, third worst on the team.
In what looked like the team’s deepest position before the season, the Jazz lack of production from the power forwards has been the roster’s most glaring issue.
Not sure it's deeper than any other position but Withey is proven. Can play smaller with Johnson and Ingles. Give Bolomboy a shot. Quit playing guys that suck!
When fully healthy, the Jazz bench includes a lineup of Exum, Burks, Lyles, Joe Johnson, and Boris Diaw. Their third lineup includes Neto, Shelvin Mack, Joe Ingles, Joel Bolomboy, and Jeff Withey.
Still hard for me to not see Mack playing if everyone is healthy. One of their best players. Neto, Ingles and Withey are better than Exum, Lyles and Diaw right now too and arguably better fits than Alec. So I'd look at the coach before blaming the bench.
2. Improvement: This Jazz bench is a great mix of youth and veteran experience. However, its success may depend largely on Exum and Lyles – two of the youngest Jazz players with the most potential. As second year players1, they have a lot of room for improvement, and could provide a huge boost for the bench as the year goes on. Exum and Lyles can lean on established veterans early, then shoulder more of a load as the season goes on.
That's the problem. Let them prove themselves at the D-league level first. Developing them while losing games is a joke! They will deserve to lose Hayward.
The Jazz have played two teams (Portland and the Clippers) who are returning the majority of their rosters and rotations.
Clipps have a lot of new guys. Stop with the excuses already!