Six days after the surprise announcement of his transfer, Rudy Gobert was in Minneapolis to formalize his transfer. As expected, the three-time best defender in the NBA joins Wolves in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Leandro Bolmaro, but also rights to rookie Walker Kessler, and four first rounds of the Draft. Rarely has a team dropped so many elements to afford a player. This is to say if the Wolves wanted to recruit him.
” His coming takes nothing away from what we currently have“said Tim Connelly, the new president of the Timberwolves. ” Rudy improves it. It augments what we currently have. When we look at adjustments, it’s not just about talent. It’s about developing the team… and he’s going to make it better. »
“It’s arguably the best of challenges and the most exciting to team up with someone like KAT”
For management, Gobert is one of his players who transform a team through his defensive qualities, and the question of his complementarity with Karl-Anthony Towns obviously arises. On paper, it’s hard to imagine them playing together, and Gobert admits it took him a while to think about it.
“I told my agent that I needed a day or two to think about it says the Frenchman. ” After a day, I told him that was probably the best situation and the most exciting from a basketball point of view for me. When I went to bed, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and more and more… And in fact, it’s probably the best challenge and the most exciting to team up with someone like KAT. It’s a core of unique young players, with a very good coach who spent his time complaining about my screens. Now we’re on the same side, and that’s exciting. »
What also satisfies Gobert is that the franchise is on an upward slope. ” Their will to win was different this season, their identity and their approach to matches. I feel like something has changed. »
So clearly, his goal is not to help the team get through the playoffs, but to go all the way. ” The goal is to win a title and I came here for that. I didn’t come here just to be a good team. I came here to try to take this team to the final. The window of opportunity to win a title is not always big… For us in Utah, that’s more or less what happened. I think the franchise felt that way. We may have missed that window. I think it will remain a very competitive team. But considering all they got in return, maybe it was better for them to go that way. »
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