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Why the Utah Jazz had to sign Rudy Gobert

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After hearing that Rudy Gobert signed a five-year, $205 million contract extension with Utah Jazz, most people were shocked. The principal opinion was that Gobert was getting overpaid for a big man with not so impressive offensive skills.

Gobert's contract is the third-biggest deal in NBA history, behind Antetokounmpo's five-year, $206.8 million deal and Russell Westbrook's contract signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017. The Frenchman is also the highest-paid center in history.

It was slightly different from Utah's standpoint: they were signing a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time All-NBA selection player. Despite that, maybe the Jazz is overpaying Gobert, but they are not getting a bad deal. For instance, Dion Waiters is getting $12,650,000 from Memphis this season, Nicolas Batum makes $9,043,478 from Charlotte while playing for LA Clippers and Luol Deng receives $5,000,000 from LA Lakers this season. Bad is a relative term. Another perspective about Rudy's contract came from David Locke (Utah's NBA insider), who tweeted about Gobert's extension.

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