French basketball star Rudy Gobert is leaving the NBA club Utah Jazz after almost a decade.
The center, who was named the best defensive player in the North American professional league three times, announced this on social networks on Saturday.
“I was just a kid from France when I came here nine years ago, but I felt welcome and supported from day one,” wrote the 30-year-old. “Utah and its people will always have a special place in my heart . Thank you. The journey continues.”
Their goal has not yet been confirmed, but according to media reports, Gobert will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves from the coming season.
Five-year contract, $205 million salary
He is said to sign a five-year contract worth a total of $205 million (around €196 million).
Gobert, the league’s top rebounder last season (14.7 per regular-season game), would face another league-feared big man at Wolves in Karl-Anthony Towns.
To get Gobert, Minnesota will cede five players and four first-round draft picks from 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029, ESPN reports.