The Utah Jazz remains plagued by rumors of a rift between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, and Gobert responded to that chatter Thursday.
Gobert appeared on ESPN’s “NBA Today” and was asked about the rumours. Although the center largely ignored the rumours, he admitted that it was normal for relationships to be imperfect at times.
“There will always be noise. There are a lot of teams, a lot of people who would like us to part ways,” Gobert said. “They would like to have a Rudy Gobert or a Donovan Mitchell on their team. … We both know it’s something that’s not going to end. We have to cut out that noise, and we both have the same goal of winning a championship here.
“For us, the thing is, supporting each other is key and being there for each other. It will never be perfect. There’s no team in the NBA where it’s perfect. It’s the NBA. When we share the same goal and support each other, it’s huge.
The end of Gobert’s remarks won’t exactly dispel the idea that there are issues between Gobert and Mitchell. Gobert didn’t specifically address the fact that Mitchell kicked him out of the office, even though host Malika Andrews explicitly mentioned it in her question. Instead, Gobert seems to be trying to portray this as normal tension in an NBA locker room.
The Jazz may need a long playoff streak to silence doubters. Otherwise, Mitchell and Gobert will remain the subject of trade rumors.