Raptors Interest in Rudy Gobert Blockbuster Trade
The Toronto Raptors are already laying the foundation for what will likely be an offseason filled with sweeping changes, and one potential move could see the Raptors work out a blockbuster trade with the Utah Jazz centered around rim protector Rudy Gobert.
The Jazz have been reportedly considering a trade to move Gobert, and there have also been rumors that Donovan Mitchell could find his way out of Utah this offseason, and the Raptors seem to be one team that could be interested in a Gobert blockbuster, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.
“The Jazz are weighing trade possibilities with three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, who NBA sources have pegged as one of Toronto’s targets to satisfy its appetite for a starting rim-protector. While there’s much debate both around the league and among Utah staffers about whether moving Gobert, the Jazz’s true defensive lynchpin, is the most effective avenue to improving Utah’s issues guarding on the perimeter, Anunoby would clearly pose as a tremendous addition for any team lacking on the wing.
To match Gobert’s lofty salary, which will range from $38.2 million to $46.7 million between 2022-23 and 2025-26, Toronto would need to add another significant contract to Anunoby’s average annual salary of $18 million. Including Trent, another two-way perimeter force, would make the math work, but that cost might be too rich for Toronto brass and would leave the Raptors with little proven shooting. Early word from league personnel has also suggested the Raptors value Siakam more than Gobert.”
Gobert was exposed during the Jazz’s first round playoff loss to the Dallas Mavericks and with his lofty contract compounding matters, the Jazz will likely look to trade the three time Defensive Player of the Year.
Utah could potentially get the most bang for their buck with a potential deal with the Raptors, who seem open to the idea of moving some of their star players to facilitate a change to alter the structure of their roster currently.