All-Star centre Rudy Gobert is signing a five-year extension worth $205 million with the Jazz.
The deal, according to ESPN, is the largest for a center in league history.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the agreement includes a player-option for the fifth season.
Gobert was entering the final season of a four-year, $102 million contract and was widely regarded as one of the top free agents of next year’s class.
He has been an All-NBA selection in three of the last four seasons and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in both 2017–18 and 2018–19. Last season, Gobert made his first All-Star team, averaging 15.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and two blocks per game.
Utah’s decision to extend the contract of Gobert also helps solidify the franchise’s long-term future. This offseason, the Jazz inked All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell to a five-year extension, linking the two players together for years to come.
The Jazz centre this season looking to make their fifth consecutive postseason appearance, but will hope to advance past the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2006–07.
The Jazz’s 2020–21 NBA season gets underway on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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