The Utah Jazz are dead set on reshaping their roster around Donovan Mitchell. In turn, they will likely be fielding offers for three-time All-Star Rudy Gobert this summer.
With Utah continuously disappointing in the postseason, moving on from some of their core players will be the goal this summer. They’ll be looking for some key pieces if they end up trading Gobert.
One team that has shown a consistent interest in the French big man has been the Toronto Raptors, according to long-time NBA insider Marc Stein (subscription required). Here’s a three-team deal that would see the Raptors land Gobert.
NBA Trades: 3-team trade that lands Rudy Gobert on Toronto Raptors
Raptors receive: Rudy Gobert
Jazz receive: OG Anunoby, Gary Trent Jr., Kyle Kuzma, 2024 1st-Round PIck (Lottery Protected via TOR)
Wizards receive: Jordan Clarkson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker
In this deal, the Jazz would reset their roster, giving Mitchell some great supporting help. They would have to find a new center, but that could be accomplished in a secondary deal.
AND Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. would provide the Jazz with some much-needed defensive help on the perimeter. Meanwhile, adding Kyle Kuzma would give them a nice scoring punch.
Toronto would probably like to hold onto Trent in this deal, but trading for a star is expensive, and Gobert is most definitely a star. Utah would likely demand him.
That being said, the Raptors would be getting the best player in the deal by far. Gobert would team up with Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and Scottie Barnes to form another contender in the East.
Lastly, the Wizards would get involved because this trade would help fill some needs for them. They’ve been looking to improve their guard depth around Beal.
Jordan Clarkson isn’t the perfect answer at point guard, but he’d give them a nice option in the backcourt, at the very least. As for Nickeil Alexander-Walker, he’d be a nice wing for Washington to take a chance on.
This trade is definitely a crazy one, but in the end, every team would get some decent value for what they are sending out.