The Utah Jazz and center Rudy Gobert have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will pay him in the $100 million range, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The 7-1 big man is entering his fourth year with the Jazz and was slated to become a free agent at season’s end.
Coming off the best season of his career in 2015-2016, when he averaged 9.1 points, 11 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, Gobert is now looking to combine staying healthy with his on-court production. He was limited to just 61 games last season, seeing his minutes increase to just under 32 minutes per night as Utah began to rely on him as their full-time starting center. He played in all 82 games back in 2014-2015, but started just 37 of them.
He was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, before being shipped to the Jazz later that evening. A native of Saint-Quentin, France, he has played internationally for the French National Team, having won bronze at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and silver in 2012 as a member of the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.
The huge payday for the man dubbed as”The Stifle Tower,” falls in line with many contracts around the NBA that are dictated by the fact that not only has the league’s salary cap raised, but the salary floor as well, meaning that franchises are forced to pump money into their roster. The Jazz’s identity is still in the developmental stage, but it undoubtedly is a defensive one, anchored by Gobert and his 7-8 wingspan.