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Trade grades: Jazz net huge haul for Rudy Gobert; Wolves must contend for title to justify paying steep price

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Gobert is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year

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The Utah Jazz are trading Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a six-player deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Minnesota is sending Utah Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Leandro Bolmaro, Jarred Vanderbilt and four first-round picks for the All-Star center. Those picks are unprotected first-rounders in 2023, 2025, and 2027, an unprotected swap in 2026 and a top-five protected pick in 2029.

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Gobert is a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and is widely considered the league's best rim protector

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For most of Utah's time in the playoffs, Minnesota has been on the outside looking in. Now the two sides appear to be swapping places.

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The Timberwolves are trying to give themselves a chance to compete right now, and the Jazz are taking a step back hoping to figure it out later. Here's how both sides grade in the deal.

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When you give up several useful role players and four first-round picks (five if you include Kessler, whom the Jazz just took in the first round) to land a player,

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you do it for one of two reasons. Either it's going to help you win a championship in the future, or it's going to help you win a championship right now.

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Utah will likely find its way to a Mitchell trade eventually, and even if it doesn't happen at the peak of his value, it is going to net the Jazz a solid return

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Their return on the Gobert deal was much better than solid. Given Gobert's age and borderline disastrous super max contract, they couldn't have asked for a better trade.