One month after the NBA officially suspended it’s 2019-2020 season due to the spread of the coronavirus, reports have surfaced that the relationship between Utah Jazz superstars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert has been fractured, with Mitchell not willing to make amends with Gobert due to his actions before getting sick with COVID-19.
The Jazz reportedly began working on the Mitchell-Gobert relationship, but Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic stated the relationship between Mitchell and Gobert “doesn’t appear salvageable.”
In his recent article, Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report suggested potential landing spots and trade packages for Mitchell and Gobert. One of the most interesting ones is Bailey seeing Gobert heading to the Dallas Mavericks.
In that proposed trade, the Mavs would send a package that includes Dwight Powell, Tim Hardaway Jr., a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2025 first-round pick to the Jazz in exchange for Gobert.
Before that could happen, however, the Mavs would have to convince Hardaway Jr. to opt into the final year of his contract.
Pairing the French big man with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzigis would put the Mavs right thick into the championship conversation.
“For Dallas, it would be a no-brainer to empty what’s left in the cupboard for Gobert. This season showed us that Kristaps Porzingis may be at his best when playing at the 5, but Dallas could stagger the minutes enough to still give KP time there. And when the two bigs were on the floor together, teams would be hard-pressed to score inside. On top of that, rim-runners have been a staple of head coach Rick Carlisle’s offenses for years. Tyson Chandler, Brandan Wright and Powell are just a few who come to mind.”
The Mavs were already 40-27 on the year, which was good for 7th in the Western conference.
The 27-year-old Gobert was averaging 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks while shooting 69.8 percent from the field.