Rudy Gobert will be staying with the Utah Jazz for years to come, signing a five-year contract extension that makes him the highest-paid center in the NBA.
Less than a month after the Jazz signed star guard Donovan Mitchell to a max contract extension, the team keeps its core intact with a record-setting deal for Gobert.
Rudy Gobert signs five-year contract extension with Utah Jazz
As first reported by ESPN’s Tim McMahon, Gobert is signing a five-year extension worth $205 million. The max contract, which includes a fifth-year player option, immediately becomes the biggest for a center in NBA history.
Gobert is coming off his first All-Star appearance in 2022. A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the year and four-time All-Defensive First Team selection, the 28-year-old is widely recognized as one of the league’s best defenders.
Across 68 games in the 2019-’20 season, Gobert averaged 15.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest. While his primary skill is securing the paint, Utah’s 7-foot-1 center is also an efficient scorer. In the last four seasons, Gobert boasts a staggering 66.3% shooting percentage.
This is an incredible moment for Gobert, who came into the league as the No. 27 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.