Jazz executive – Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell ready to “move on”

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Dennis Lindsey, executive vice president of basketball operations for Utah Jazz, expressed optimism about the continued partnership of the cornerstones of the Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell franchise following their breakup following their positive tests for the coronavirus.

Gobert and Mitchell did not speak for a month after Gobert’s positive test on March 11 triggered the suspension of the NBA season. Mitchell, who tested positive the next day, admitted he was angry with Gobert, who publicly apologized for his reckless behavior before he learned he was infected with the coronavirus.

“They’re ready to put it behind them, move on, act professionally,” said Lindsey in a media call to Zoom on Tuesday. “Look, the COVID-19 night of March [11] was truly unprecedented. He brought a microscope to our team, and we have it. That said, we are very satisfied with the collective composition of our group, Donovan and Rudy in particular.

“We can’t wait to get going. They said their piece. They both went to the property level, to the management level, to the coaches level, to the players level. “

In a video post on Instagram Live on April 12, Gobert admitted that he had only recently spoken to Mitchell for the first time since the season’s suspension, but downplayed their differences.

“We are both ready to go there and try to win a championship for this team,” said Gobert. “It’s not about being unprofessional. You know, everyone has different relationships – it’s never perfect. People who are married, it’s never perfect. So you know, me and my teammates, it’s far from perfect. But at the end of the day, we both want the same thing – and it’s victory. We are both grown men, and we are both going to do what it takes to win. “

Mitchell has not publicly commented on his relationship with Gobert since he admitted “it took me a while to cool off” during a March 16 appearance on “Good Morning America”.

Gobert and Mitchell, both of whom made their first appearances with the All-Star this season, have had significant field success in their three years together.

Mitchell became the first recruit since Carmelo Anthony to be the top scorer for a playoff team in 2017-18, filling a void left by Gordon Hayward’s free agency departure and helping Utah advance to the semifinals -finals of the Western Conference. Gobert won his first defensive player of the year award that season, winning the honor again last season.

The Jazz currently occupy fourth place in the West ranking with a 41-23 record. Mitchell averaged 24.2 career points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Gobert averages 15.1 points, a career record of 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

The Jazz, which has reshaped the list over the past year to add offensive firepower to their co-stars, remains firm in its hopes of building an eternal competitor around Gobert and Mitchell for the foreseeable future.

“At the most basic level, they know that they need each other to achieve the goals we want to achieve by being the last remaining team in the NBA,” said Lindsey.

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