Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert ‘are not Stockton and Malone’, could be traded, says West executive

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Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are both about to entering the final year of their contracts. The French center is eligible for supermax contract, while Mitchell is expected to get a max extension off his rookie contract. There was a tension between the two after Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. This could play a part in the future of the Jazz stars.

According to an undisclosed Western Conference executive, Gobert could become available in trade talks if he and the Jazz are unable to agree on a contract extension.

Per Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

If Gobert and the Jazz are unable to agree to an extension, several people said they could see Gobert becoming available in trade talks.

“They’re not Stockton and Malone,” a Western Conference executive said. “It’s a different time. There’s not a lot of guys like that anymore.”

Gobert is averaging 15.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game for the Jazz this season. Meanwhile, Mitchell is averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.