What the Rudy Gobert deal means for the Utah Jazz and the NBA

Will All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell be the foundation going forward for Utah? Russell Isabella/USA TODAY

What does Rudy Gobert's extension mean for the Utah Jazz and the rest of the league?

A day before the deadline for eligible players to sign a supermax extension this offseason, Gobert joined Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks in putting pen to paper on a deal.

Unlike Giannis, however, Gobert agreed to a contract that will pay him less than the full $228 million possible under the supermax provision. My ESPN colleague Tim MacMahon reports the deal will pay Gobert $205 million, giving the Jazz more flexibility as they build their roster around Gobert and fellow All-Star Donovan Mitchell, who signed an extension last month.

Gobert's decision has important implications for Utah and any team hoping to sign Gobert as an unrestricted free agent next summer. It also could show a path forward for the much-maligned supermax contract.

Let's take a look at what this deal means for the Jazz and the NBA.