With the deadline approaching on Halloween day for contract extensions, the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert were reportedly able to come to terms on a four year extension worth approximately $102 million.
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) October 31, 2016
The only reason not to extend Gobert was for future cap space, and Dan Clayton wrote about why that was hardly a reason to delay an extension. This extension solidifies Gobert and his defensive identity with the Utah Jazz for the long run and shows the team’s commitment to upcoming free agent, Gordon Hayward. The $102 million amount comes in right around the $100 million that Steven Adams agreed to with Oklahoma City Thunder, and is about $5 million short of Gobert’s possible max contract.
Gobert has been a force to be reckoned with through the first three games of the season averaging 11.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.7 blocks, 4.7 free throw attempts, shooting 78.6% from the free throw line, and has a true shooting percentage of 63.1%; all of which would be career highs.