Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley says if there’s beef between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, then they will have to handle it like grown men.
Mitchell is reportedly upset at Gobert for how the Jazz center acted before his positive COVID-19 test. Multiple reports have said that Gobert was touching players’ belongings in the Jazz locker room. He also jokingly touched a bunch of reporters’ mics.
Mitchell and Gobert have both recovered from COVID-19, but there is uncertainty in Utah if the two All-Stars can co-exist moving forward.
However, none of that is coming from Conley:
“Between Donovan and Rudy, if they feel a certain way about each other, which I honestly don’t think that’s the case at all, they’re grown men and they handle it,” Conley told Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune.
“They go out there, compete and try to win. You’d never notice on our end.”
Mitchell and Gobert were close teammates before all of this went down. The Jazz are hoping time will heal this wound.
Before the season was suspended, the Jazz were in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Utah had a record of 41-23.
Mitchell was averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Jazz prior to play getting suspended. Gobert, meanwhile, was putting up 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He’s the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
If Mitchell and Gobert’s relationship can’t be saved, the Jazz would be put in a tough spot and might have to look into a trade. They aren’t at that point, though.