The Utah Jazz has locked down Ruby Gobert, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-NBA selection player, with a five-year, $205 million contract extension.
Gobert was eligible for a $228 million supermax extension over five years but did not request the full amount because he wants to help the team’s flexibility in the future.
“For me, my goal is to always win a championship,” Gobert told ESPN. “When we spoke with my agent before the negotiations started, I decided that I didn’t want to ask for the supermax. We didn’t want to start the negotiations by asking for the supermax. For me, it was important to show to the organization and show to the team that it wasn’t about money. It was about continuing to build what we’ve been building and also give this team and give myself the stability and the peace of mind to not have to deal with the negotiations later.” The 28-year-old’s contract is the third-biggest deal in NBA history behind Giannis Antetokoumpo’s recently signed five-year contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks worth $228 million and Russell Westbrook’s five-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017 that is worth almost $207 million.
Gobert had tested positive for the coronavirus in March, leading the league to shut down until the season resumed in a bubble environment in Florida in July. With the Jazz also signing Donovan Mitchell to a five-year, $14.5 million extension in November, the team has its two biggest stars under contract through at least the 2024-25 season. The French basketball star took to social media to share his thoughts on his contract. “I came to Utah when I was 21 years old, from a small blue-collar town, Saint-Quentin. I did not come to the U.S. with much, but I did come with the values that my mom instilled within my siblings and I,” Gobert shared in a tweet addressed, “Dear Utah.”
“I have grown as a man over the last 7 years,” he added. “You have seen me through the good times, you have also seen me through struggles and mistakes, and you have been patient while watching this French kid grow. …
“I’ll end by saying thank you, I’m here to stay, and I’m here to WIN a Championship.”