During this offseason in the NBA, one of the big hits was undoubtedly the trade of Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now, with KAT, Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell and now Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves have the roster to play a role in the title chase. In any case, Karl-Anthony Towns is convinced of it.
The trade request of Kevin Durant and the desires of departure Kyrie Irving of the net rocked this offseason by NBA. But none of them has yet moved from brooklyn. Which is not the case with Rudy Gobert, who was transferred from utah jazz to Minnesota Timberwolves ! A huge thunderclap in the League. But not that surprising actually. Indeed, the Jazz chained the frustrating seasons. Excellent in the regular season, Utah has each time failed in the playoffs. Then there were the controversies over the use of Rudy Gobert in the game and on his strained relationship with the other star of the team Donovan Mitchell. For all these reasons, the French pivot was therefore sent to Minnesota but not at any price: Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and especially four draft rounds were offered to the Jazz in return ! A pharaonic package but which says a lot about the value of Gobert in the League.
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The missing piece of the Timberwolves
Returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2018, Minnesota was rewarded with a 2021-2022 season full of promise: play, defensive progress and the explosion ofAnthony Edwards ! Despite this, the timber wolves stopped in the first round of the playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies of Ja Morant. Promising, but not enough to be among the best. Anyway, that was before this summer and the arrival of Rudy Gobert. The pivot of 2 meters 16 is perhaps the missing piece to Minnesota to cross this threshold. The triple DPOY is clearly a reference to his position in NBA since many years. What if defense was the Achilles’ heel of timber wolves, Gobert is the perfect reinforcement. With Karl Anthony Townsthey will form one of the most terrifying rackets of the NBA. Two very complementary players moreover: Gobert more in the racket and more defensive, K.A.T. who can take shots from a distance and focus on the attack.
“It’s the title or nothing”
In any case, Karl Anthony Towns is he very excited about the duo he will form alongside Rudy Gobert. During the press conference organized in honor of his contract extension to €219m, the strong winger did not go overboard and set a very clear objective for the coming season after the arrival of Gobert to timber wolves : “Now it’s the title or nothing. You have to think that, that’s really what’s at stake. I don’t think the fans would accept an elimination in the Conference Final, let’s be real. The goals are high, the pressure is high and all of this should make us enjoy playing basketball even more.”.
An association that promises
Then, Karl Anthony Towns spoke about his future association on the floor with Rudy Gobert. And the strong winger is convinced that each will be able to bring what the other lacked: “Rudy will play an important role in helping us become a champion caliber team. My job will be to help him as much as he is going to help me. His strengths are my weaknesses and his weaknesses are my strengths, so we will be able to play for each other.”. One of the biggest defenders in the racket of the NBA associated with one of the biggest attacking talents of the League in the same sector of play, the next season of Minnesota Timberwolves can actually be interesting…