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Rudy Gobert Commerce Rumors: Hawks’ Curiosity in Jazz Star Has Been ‘Wildly Overblown’

Rudy Gobert Commerce Rumors: Hawks’ Curiosity in Jazz Star Has Been ‘Wildly Overblown’

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The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly been listed as a possible touchdown spot for Rudy Gobert, however Sam Amick of The Athletic reported a deal is not probably.

“Sources considerably downplayed the concept that Atlanta desires Gobert and mentioned this situation has been wildly overblown,” Amick wrote.

The Hawks have been exploring trades involving John Collins, and Utah might make sense in a possible swap, however Atlanta is reportedly pleased with Clint Capela at middle, per Amick.

Capela gives an analogous ability set as an elite defender and rebounder, whereas he has almost half the wage in 2022-23 ($18.2 million in comparison with Gobert’s $38.2 million).

The Hawks might hold Capela because the beginning middle and use Collins in a unique commerce, with the group additionally reportedly negotiating with the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.

After all, Atlanta has already mentioned a possible commerce involving Capela with the Minnesota Timberwolves, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Gobert can also be a major improve as a three-time Defensive Participant of the Yr and three-time All-Star. He was named first-team All-Defensive for the sixth straight time this season. The 29-year-old averaged 15.6 factors and a league-best 14.7 rebounds per recreation in 2021-22.

This would offer a serious enhance for a Hawks group that ranked 26th in defensive effectivity final 12 months, per NBA.com.

Atlanta should determine if this path could be sufficient to get the group excessive as a contender.

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