With the way that the offseason has unfolded for the LA Clippers, they’re currently sitting with an open roster spot as they head towards the beginning of training camp in September. That open roster spot could come into play as the team currently only has one true center on the roster: the recently-signed-to-an-extension Ivica Zubac. The three-year deal for Zubac means the Clippers have their starting center position sewn up for the foreseeable future, but the backup spot remains free.
Rudy Gobert is slated to suit up for a different uniform for the first time in his decade-long career. But it won’t be long until he gets to face his old team as the Utah Jazz visit his Minnesota Timberwolves in the very first week of the 2022-23 NBA season. Gobert’s return to Utah won’t be much later than that either as the Timberwolves take on the Jazz in Salt Lake City before the turn of the calendar year, per Yahoo Sports insider Chris Haynes.
He last played in the NBA in 2020 for the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves, and averaged 4.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest. Last season, he appeared in 19 G League games, and averaged 9.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is still only 30-years-old.