NBA Reacts As Rudy Gobert Demands That Either He Or Donovan Mitchell Be Traded

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  • Rudy Gobert is reportedly not happy with his situation in Utah
  • The Jazz center is demanding that he or Donovan Mitchell be traded
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Rudy Gobert might have played his last game in Utah.

The Jazz center is not happy with his situation, and more notably, the relationship with Donovan Mitchell. He’s reportedly demanding that the team either deal him or Mitchell to another suitor ahead of the 2022-23 season.

This comes after the Jazz were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs, losing a series 4-2 to the Dallas Mavericks.

If the reports are true, Utah will have a decision to make. Mitchell has been the team’s leading scorer over the last two seasons, finishing just a tick under 26 points a night in 2022.

Gobert averaged a double-double this past season at 15.6 points and 14.7 rebounds a game.

The shocking news of trade demands broke on Monday afternoon with SiriusXM host Sean O’Connell being the first on the scene.

Rudy Gobert believes that Donovan Mitchell is a liability

Gobert is apparently at a “him or me” point with the Jazz with plans to ask the team for a trade in the coming days. Going further, he feels that Mitchell is a defensive liability while Gobert is seeing an uptick in production.

The defensive criticism isn’t shocking.

Gobert is a three-time defender of the year while Mitchell’s effort on that side of the ball is often questioned.

Making things more interesting, Gobert is aware of at least one “Western Conference power that would be willing to pay handsomely for his abilities.”

And why wouldn’t they?

While Gobert is often criticized for his scoring, most teams will take 16 points, 15 boards a night from their bigs. Add that to his defensive prowess and four-time All-NBA status and there’s surely a few teams that would be happy to add him to the roster.

NBA reacts to the Rudy Gobert trade demands

The NBA world was quick to react to the news on social media. Check out the Twitter response below.

We’ll see what the future holds for these two players, as well as who the Jazz value more.