The trade that sent Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a package of players and draft picks would be a significant shakeup in the NBA. Gobert has been the centerpiece of the Utah Jazz’s defense and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, while the Timberwolves would add an elite rim protector to a team that has struggled defensively. On the other hand, the Jazz would receive a haul of assets that could set them up for long-term success.
In return for Gobert, the Jazz received Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, the draft rights to Walker Kessler, and four first-round picks, including Minnesota’s unprotected picks in 2023, 2025, and 2027. Additionally, the Jazz would have the right to swap first-rounders with Minnesota in 2026. While losing Gobert would undoubtedly be a significant blow to the Jazz’s defense, the team would gain valuable depth and future assets that could help them remain competitive for years to come. It remains to be seen how the trade will ultimately affect both teams, but it is certainly a fascinating move that will have far-reaching implications for the NBA.
Speaking of that trade, Anthony Edwards, the rising star for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has once again found himself in the headlines after liking an Instagram comment that criticized the Timberwolves’ decision to trade for Rudy Gobert. The incident occurred just a day after the Timberwolves were eliminated from the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets, ending their season on a disappointing note.
Edwards is not the only Timberwolves player that seemed not to be a fan of the trade Kyle Anderson also reportedly expressed his frustration during an altercation with Gobert at the end of the regulation.
Star center Rudy Gobert of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been suspended for one game after a physical altercation with teammate Kyle Anderson during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the end of the regular season. As a result, Gobert was forced to sit out of Minnesota’s play-in game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The suspension was issued by the Timberwolves organization and not the NBA.
The incident occurred during a timeout when tensions boiled over between Gobert and Anderson. Anderson reportedly told Gobert to focus on blocking shots, while Gobert urged Anderson to grab more rebounds. The argument escalated when Anderson called Gobert a derogatory name, prompting Gobert to throw a punch. He was immediately sent home after the altercation and issued an apology on Twitter.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch expressed disappointment with the incident and stressed that such behavior will not be tolerated on the team. Gobert, who is a three-time NBA All-Star, has been a crucial player for the Timberwolves this season. The team will have to make do without him in a crucial game against the Lakers, which will determine whether or not they make it to the playoffs.