NBA Rumors: Raptors May Have "Degree Of Interest" In Trading For Jazz Star

The Utah Jazz seem to be at a crossroads these days following another disappointing playoff exit. A fire sale could very well happen this summer, especially if Utah decides to move on from one of its two stars. According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Toronto Raptors could emerge as a potential suitor for Rudy Gobert should the All-Star center become available.

Toronto exceeded expectations this season, finishing with a 48-34 record and the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. Though they fell behind 3-0 to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Raptors still managed to push the series to six games.

The Raptors have a plethora of like-sized wings on their roster. But despite their length and versatility, they still lack a true big man that could protect the paint. The 7-foot-1 Gobert would instantly fit the bill and address that need.

Still, Gobert carries a hefty price tag, with still four years and nearly $170 million remaining on his current deal. He will make $38.1 million in 2022-23. 

The Raptors will need to give up a ton of assets if they really want to bring in the 3-time Defensive Player of the Year. 

A potential package could start with OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr., should they intend to keep Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes off the table. Masai Ujiri will need to ponder on whether bringing in the Frenchman would be worth that price.

Gobert averaged 15.6 points and a career-best 14.7 rebounds for the Jazz in the regular season and 12.0 points and 13.2 rebounds in six playoff games. 

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