Gobert, Jazz agree to 4-year, $102M extension


Center Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $102 million on Monday, according to league sources.

Finalizing the deal in advance of Monday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline will allow the Jazz to avoid restricted free agency on Gobert in July. The contract will fall just shy of the projected max of $106 million.

“It will be done today,” said one source close to the talks.

Gobert had told the Salt Lake Tribune this month that he was prepared to wait until restricted free agency in July, if necessary, but sources said Utah was motivated to get a deal done before the extension window closed for 2013 first-round picks to ensure that its defensive anchor stayed off the open market next summer.

The Jazz are undoubtedly hoping that re-signing Gobert — with fellow big man Derrick Favors also eligible for an extension as of Oct. 19 — will convince star guard Gordon Hayward to stay in Utah after his expected decision to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Gobert, 24, was drafted No. 27 in 2013 and has career averages of 7.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

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