On Monday, rumors made the round that Rudy Gobert could soon force Uah Jazz to choose between him and co-star Donovan Mitchell. Similar speculations about a change in Salt Lake City have been circulating for a long time, but the French apparently leave them cold.
“Every day brings its own, new ‘rumor’,” Gobert wrote on Twitter on Monday and probably wanted to refer the latest speculation about the future of the star duo in Utah in the realm of the fables.
Previously, Sean O’Connell from Sirius XM reported with reference to an anonymous source from the jazz environment that Gobert had reached a “he or ich ‘point with Mitchell. The Frenchman did not have the feeling that the duo could win a championship together and will soon be demanding a trade – from either Mitchell or himself.
The reason according to O’Connell: Gobert has the feeling that he himself puts on numbers at a consistently good or slightly improved level, while Mitchell is a “burden” in the defense and loses explosiveness. At the same time, there should be at least one rival team from the Western Conference, which is ready to pay “generously” for the services of the center.
Even if Gobert rejected the latest rumors, speculation about the end of the Mitchell Gobert era in Salt Lake City after the playoff-out against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round are constantly. There have also been speculation about certain tensions between Mitchell and Gobert.
Utah Jazz: Stress between Mitchell and Gobert?
In January, for example, Gobert praised the defense of Suns star Devin Booker, which was interpreted as a swipe against Mitchell. The perimeter defense of jazz around Mitchell presented a few holes against the MAVS, which was a factor that Dallas partly had an advantage even without Luka Doncic, who missed the first three games.
The three -time defensive Player of the Year Gobert put on an average of 15.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in the regular season, but his influence was limited in the playoffs. It is still under contract for four years and $ 169.7 million. Mitchell (25.9 points and 5.3 assists) will receive $ 134.9 million in the next four years.
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|1||16. April||7 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks||Utah jazz||93:99|
|2||19. April||2.30 a.m.||Dallas Mavericks||Utah jazz||110: 104|
|3||22. April||3 o’clock||Utah jazz||Dallas Mavericks||116: 124|
|4||23. April||10.30 p.m.||Utah jazz||Dallas Mavericks||100: 99|
|5||26. April||3.30 a.m.||Dallas Mavericks||Utah jazz||102: 77|
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