Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (/ɡoʊˈbɛər/ goh-BEAR;[1] born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He also represents the French national team in their international competitions. Standing at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall with a wingspan of 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) long, he plays the center position. He is considered one of the NBA’s best rim protectors.

Gobert has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award three times, tied for second-most in NBA history. He is a four-time All-NBA Team member, six-time All-Defensive First Team member, and three-time NBA All-Star. Gobert was also the NBA blocks leader in the 2016–17 season and the NBA rebounding leader in the 2021–22 season. Gobert was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2017, and the All-NBA Third Team in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

In March 2020, Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first NBA player with a confirmed case of the virus. After teammates of Gobert's on the Utah Jazz, including Donovan Mitchell, also tested positive, the NBA postponed the 2019–20 season until its resumption on July 30 of the same year.

In one of the biggest trades made this NBA offseason, the Utah Jazz agreed to trade three-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Timberwolves are sacrificing a ton of future assets in this trade to acquire Gobert, pairing him with Karl-Anthony Towns and creating arguably the best All-Star frontcourt in the entire NBA.

Trading Rudy Gobert to Minnesota, the Utah Jazz are receiving Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Patrick Beverley, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler, four first-round picks and one first-round pick swap from the Timberwolves.

There had been a lot of speculation over the last several weeks that the Jazz were going to be making a massive move, a lot stemming from long-time head coach Quin Snyder announcing his resignation

Snyder’s departure from Utah set everything else in motion for the Jazz, including this trade involving Rudy Gobert, which signals a “soft rebuild” for Utah. Continue reading

As of right now, the Jazz have no intentions on trading All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, but multiple teams have expressed interest in him this offseason and should the Jazz show no signs of growth following this massive deal, it is not hard to believe that Mitchell will be out the door next.