NBA offseason just started, and so far, Rudy Gobert has been traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. While some other trades happened by no surprise this offseason, the Gobert trade was surprising too many. It was a trade that gained a lot of reaction on social media due to the deal being with the Timberwolves and the assets the Jazz got in return.
In return for Gobert, the Jazz received Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverly, Jared Vanderbilt, Walker Kessler, Leandro Bolmaro, four 1st-round picks, and a pick swap. After sitting down and thinking, I concluded that this trade was a great move for the Jazz.
One reason for that is because of the future assets acquired in the trade. Those four 1st-round picks mentioned earlier were reported to be in the years 2023, 2025, 2027, 2029, and a 2026 pick swap. Not only that, but the 2029 pick is unprotected, and nobody knows what those 2025, 2026, and 2027 1st-round picks will look like in the future. Those picks could be in the lottery by the time of 2025. And as a franchise that isn’t known for getting big free agents, this draft capital is important.
Not only did this trade give the Jazz assets, but it also gave them flexibility. After the 2022-23, NBA season is done Malik Beasley and Patrick Beverly are free agents, freeing up cap space to get pieces to build around Donovan Mitchell. Getting players that fit around Mitchell should be the top priority right now.
Jazz Fans should be elated that they have a new team next season. Over the past two seasons, a lot of NBA and Jazz fans knew what to expect from this Jazz team and how they could get better in the future. Well, this trade gives those fans a new outlook on the future of this Utah Jazz Franchise.