Rudy Gobert’s Five-Year, $205 Million Extension Is A Massive Overpay

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Big-man Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz agreed this morning on a five-year, $205 million extension, making him the richest center in NBA history. I wrote a piece last week that explained how NBA players take advantage of their leverage to receive undeserved paychecks. If paying Rudy Gobert over $40 million per year, who plays for a small market team and is unknown to the average household isn’t a problem–I don’t understand what it.

Rudy Gobert is a good player. But being good shouldn’t warrant generational wealth like we’re seeing. The only players that should be cashing in with half a million dollar salaries per game should be the superstars that fans drive across town to see. “Superstar” is a term thrown around often, but I think it’s more simple to define than the NBA owners are making it look.

If Rudy Gobert walked into a Chili’s in Arizona, no one would recognize him. Outside of assuming he played basketball because he’s seven-foot-one, he would go undetected. How can we defend any player making $205 million that is unrecognizable to the average person and plays for a small market organization in Salt Lake City, Utah?

Rudy Gobert is a two-time Defensive Player of The Year, but being a defensive star can’t be worth this contract, right?

So, what happened?

The Utah Jazz had a good player in Rudy Gobert that they didn’t want to lose after his contract expired next year. That’s understandable, because no team should be willing to let productive players skip town. Our problem here is that if Gobert isn’t offered this reach of a contract, then some other shoddy franchise will give it to him.

I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that how all business should go? Employees work for their boss and if another company is willing to pay you “X”, then that’s what you’re worth? That’s technically true, but it shouldn’t be in professional basketball. Teams like the Orlando Magic or the Knicks have no way of acquiring real superstars, so the price tag for good players will always be the max. Yes, even if you’re good and not great.

If the Utah Jazz were smart, which they’re not, then they would have traded Rudy Gobert while they still had the chance. Now, they’re paying a defensive player that can’t lead a team in scoring over $550K a game until 2026. Absolute dummies.

The NBA will continue paying Kirk Cousins-type players Patrick Mahomes-like money until these owners get smarter. Just because a player can ask for a contract and get it elsewhere, doesn’t mean you should do it yourself. NBA commissioner Adam Silver needs to implement a salary ceiling for players taking advantage of this system before it gets even worse. Mr. Silver, please save the NBA.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. The only way it makes any sense is if they use his salary to trade for a better, maybe disgruntled, superstar. Seems unlikely it would be Harden, since they have their lead ballhandler/scorer who’s younger, Mitchell. But Utah can’t snag max contract players in the free agent market. Maybe they take a flier at two year window with Harden. Houston would want to do better than Gobert, but maybe there’s a third team that makes it work.

  2. I’m more hoping these outrageous contracts tank the NBA. I mean if it wasn’t for the big tv contracts (nobody’s watching) slave labor and China loving money (might be going dry)…this organization goes bankrupt in 6 weeks.

  3. the NBA has been ruined by LBJ. these contracts don’t match up with value at all. and at some point all the missing revenue will crush the league.

    BUTT first the league has to make sure LBJ gets a couple more rings. he has conned everyone in the league and the con will be exposed eventually and after LBJ has finished destroying the once great game.

    BTW what happened to the bubble? the Virus has decided that the NBA can now play in their team cities? what changed?

    answer: nothing has changed … Nothing.

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