When Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive for COVID-19, Gobert took a lot of heat. Videos surfaced of Gobert being careless in regards to the seriousness of COVID-19, touching tables, microphones and even his teammates trying to be funny. In his defense at the time no one knew how serious this pandemic would become and most Americans made Coronavirus jokes before it got very bad. Gobert is a public figure and should have definitely been smarter, though. Recently, it has come out that the relationship between Gobert and Mitchell has broken and cannot be mended. If that is the case, then one of them needs to go. Gobert is the obvious choice to be traded seeing that Mitchell is younger, better and more popular than Gobert. Gobert has 1 year left on his deal and would definitely be able to help some teams that may just be that one piece away from being title contenders. I will now talk about the 3 teams that should really consider looking into a possible trade for Rudy Gobert.
This one could be a little tricky, but I am not a GM who has to worry about that, so I’ll tell you why they should do this and a scenario that more than likely would work. Boston is one of the best defensive teams in the league, and it helps when you have young and physical defenders like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart. One thing they’ve missed this year is the defensive presence they had when Al Horford was on the team. Daniel Theis has done his job, but a guy like Gobert, who is arguably the best defensive big man in the league, would make them clearly the best defensive team in basketball. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have really made strides this year and one would assume they will develop to be even better next year. Ideally, I’d see a three team trade where Gobert would be sent to Boston. The Jazz probably wouldn’t want to bring back Gordon Hayward, so he gets sent to this mystery third team. Gobert and Hayward both have one year left on their deals, with Hayward’s being a player option. Draft picks and other players thrown into this it could be a move that gets Boston over the hump and winning a championship next year.
Let me first say that with or without Rudy Gobert the Nets have as good a shot as any team to win The Finals next year. If Kevin Durant comes back and is the same player he was, and Kyrie Irving can stay healthy, it will be tough for any team to win a 7-game series against them. The Nets also do have a pair of centers on their team that are formidable, so the position is not necessarily a need for them. Similar to the Celtics though Gobert is a big step up from where they currently are at, and for these teams that are right there, a player like Gobert could be the difference in a championship. This move makes sense for the Nets because they are a team in win now mode. They also have a lot of good young players and wont be able to keep them all in a couple of years when their contracts are up. If it was me I’d try and trade Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan for Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles. Throw in some draft picks and other players possibly, but assuming just a two team trade these are the key pieces of the trade I’d like to see in the trade. Ingles would provide more outside shooting which is crucial when you have stars like Durant and Irving. Utah would get a replacement for Gobert and a rising star in Dinwiddie. The trade would make sense for both teams it’s just a matter of whether Brooklyn would want size and defense over offense and play making.
Golden State Warriors
The last team I think who should strongly look into a trade for Gobert are the Warriors. If you haven’t noticed a pattern here I’ve strictly chosen teams that will be contenders next year and have offensive stars, but could use more defense. As a Warriors fan this is something that I’ve been thinking about for days and still can’t decide if I’d do it, but it’s definitely worth looking into. Everyone knows about the Golden State dynasty and how thanks to injuries and departures from the team, they’ve taken a massive fall from grace. However, they are in a great position to rebound and be right there again competing for championships. The reasons I love Gobert joining this team is what he will be able to do for their defense. At the height of the Golden State dynasty they weren’t just the best offensive team in basketball, but one of the best defensive teams as well. The last couple of years they have been closer to the bottom as a defense and need to be better if they want any chance of winning a championship. In a perfect world I’d like to see the Warriors trade Draymond Green for Rudy Gobert, with minor draft picks and players involved if need be. I think Draymond is a shell of his former self and proved that this year, not being able to lead the team at all in Thompson and Curry’s absence. Utah will probably want Warriors 1st round draft pick instead, which could end up being the #1 overall pick. I personally think the Warriors should trade this pick, because they are in win now mode and I’m not sure if there is a player in this years draft that will be able to make a significant contribution in his first or second year. With that being said I don’t think Rudy Gobert with 1 year left on his deal is worth the 1st overall pick. If they were to get Gobert along with a couple other role players to help their depth I would strongly consider it.
Comment where you think Rudy Gobert should be traded to, or if you really like one of the scenarios I’ve presented above!