The Utah Jazz signed Rudy Gobert to a five-year $205 million extension on Sunday, the biggest contract ever for a big man. Gobert’s deal was even $15 million more than Anthony Davis’ five-year deal he signed less than three weeks ago.
If you put those two contracts next to each other Gobert’s deal seems like a wild overpay. Even though Gobert has won Defensive Player of the Year twice in his career his impact on the offensive end of the court is not what we’ve come to expect from players on max contracts. Here is the list of players expected to make $40 million or more this season: Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, John Wall, James Harden, and Kevin Durant.
On the daily Locked On Nuggets Podcast, host Adam Mares and Danny Marang previewed the Northwest Divison and why they believe the Utah Jazz had no choice but to overpay Rudy Gobert.
Danny Marang: The Jazz were in such a weird position. They couldn’t let Rudy Gobert walk. They had to sign for something and now everyone is saying he’s overpaid. If you don’t think they can trade a Defensive Player of the Year guy in the next year you’re crazy.
Adam Mares: Those guys do fall off kind of fast, Clint Capela was this guy, DeAndre Jordan was this guy. Gobert is really good. He’s better than those guys, he’s longer, he’s really effective, but I’m just such a Gobert hater. My thing is with bigs is I don’t like guys that aren’t skilled. The Jazz big man is supremely unskilled in my opinion. He’s horrible at making passes. I’m not saying he’s not talented, he has the physical dominance and those types of things.