The Utah Jazz are trading three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro and four first-round picks, sources said. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN†
Utah will receive Timberwolves’ unprotected first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027, a trade in 2026 and a top-five protected first-round picks in 2029, Jon Krawczynski . of the athletic reports.
The Jazz did not get past the second round of the last six postseasons.
Utah currently has no plans to trade Donovan Mitchell and is determined to build around him, according to Tony Jones of Athletics†
In nine seasons with the Jazz, Gobert averaged 12.4 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. He led the league in rebounding with 14.7 per game in the past campaign.
Utah has undergone a coaching shakeup with former bank boss Quin Snyder who is stepping down in June. The club replaced him on Wednesday with ex-Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy.
Jazz executive Danny Ainge is no stranger to blockbuster transactions. In 2007, he acquired Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, who propelled Boston to its first title since 1986. Ainge then sent Garnett, Jason Terry and franchise legend Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013 for a package that included three first-round picks, which helped the Celtics get hold of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.