UTAH JAZZ

Gobert Rolls Eyes At Latest Rumor Regarding Donovan Mitchell

May 2, 2022, 4:12 PM | Updated: 4:19 pm
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)...
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Rudy Gobert seemed to dismiss the latest rumor that he has plans to inform the Utah Jazz that they have to pick between either him, or All-Star Donovan Mitchell this summer.

SiriusXM radio host Sean O’Connell reported Monday morning that Gobert was set to inform the Jazz of his ultimatum in regards to roster construction.

Gobert appeared to dismiss the report on Twitter.

“Everyday has it’s own new “rumor,”” Gobert tweeted with an eye roll emoji.

The Jazz center didn’t directly address the rumor, but it was his first comment since the report surfaced shortly after the team’s season ended.

Initial Gobert Rumor

O’Connell first relayed the information about Gobert’s potential demand on Twitter.

“A source close to situation has informed me that Rudy Gobert is at “him or me” point with Donovan Mitchell and will demand that one of them be traded in next few days,” O’Connell tweeted. “Doesn’t feel they will win championship together.”

O’Connell then joined The Zone Sports Radio Network and elaborated on Gobert’s plans.

“He doesn’t think that he and Donovan together are going to win at the level that would be satisfying for someone who’s a three-time Defensive Player of the Year,” O’Connell said.

Under Gobert and Mitchell, the Jazz have failed to make it out of the second round in five trips to the postseason, and have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.

Now, Gobert is planning to inform the Jazz of his preference per O’Connell.

“My understanding is that that conversation has yet to happen and is expected to happen in the next couple of days,” O’Connell said. “He’s going to express the him or me sentiments, and either ask that he be relocated or that Donovan be relocated.”

With the Jazz season having ended in Thursday’s Game 6 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, they are free to trade either Gobert or Mitchell to any other team whose season has also ended.

However, teams still playing in the postseason can’t make trades until their season has ended.

KSL Sports reached out to the Jazz for comment and currently, they are not commenting on the matter.

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