Rudy Gobert To Have High-Profile Suitor Among Many

As rumors abound about the Utah Jazz' Big 2 of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell being broken up, one high-profile team is already seen as a team to watch. 

ESPN's NBA Insider Brian Windhorst said on his Hoop Collective podcast that the Golden State Warriors' interest in Gobert is a rumor that's "out there... I think that's on the board, I have definitely heard that."

With Utah's first-round exit from the playoffs, another disappointing finish, the talk of trading Gobert has ramped-up big time. "For two months now, I've been having routine conversations with league executives about what a Rudy Gobert trade could look like," said Windhorst. "This is what teams are talking about — where Gobert is going to get traded... I know that it upsets the Jazz, but that's the reality."

And the thinking, according to Windhorst and his compatriot Tim MacMahon, is that they would likely lean towards trading Gobert, to try to "make Donovan more comfortable."

MacMahon, also on the podcast, said, however, that trading only one of them is a "half-measure", and feels if they're going to trade one, they should just blow it up and trade them both. "Pull the band-aid off."

Other teams mentioned that could be a fit for a possible Gobert trade include the Dallas Mavericks, the Toronto Raptors, the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets. "To me, the team that makes the most sense," said Windhorst, "is Atlanta. Because their defense is horrific."

Gobert has 4 years and $170M left on his contract. 

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