Rudy Gobert will officially be in a Utah Jazz uniform for a long time to come.
Multiple outlets reported Sunday morning that Gobert and the Jazz have agreed to a five-year, $205 million contract extension, which is just shy of the supermax extension of $228 million he was eligible to sign before the season starts, but it is more than the $195 he would have been eligible to sign for after the 2020-21 campaign.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the deal includes a player option on the fifth year, just as the extension Donovan Mitchell signed a few weeks ago does. Together, that duo’s salary will take up approximately 65% of the salary cap once the deals start in the 2021-2022 season.
The Jazz announced the deal a short time later, and soon after that, Gobert posted a letter on social media thanking his mother, Utah, his teammates and Jazz head coach Quin Snyder.
The 27th pick of the 2013 NBA draft out of France, Gobert has won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award twice and was named an All-Star last season for the first time in his career. He has also earned All-NBA honors three times in his career.