May 5, 2020, 9:14 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jazz VP Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Jazz management seem quite confident that stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell will be able to work through the sizable rift they're currently facing due to Gobert's reckless and childish attitude towards COVID-19. His actions backfired when both tested positive for the virus, subsequently causing sports leagues in the United States to come to a screeching halt.
Given the large contracts of both Gobert and Mitchell, there's reason to believe they will be able to move past their personal differences. According to Lindsey, "They're ready to put this behind them, move forward, [and] act professionally." However, they were differing reports about Mitchell's willingness to reunite with his teammate. There is obviously no sure-fire way to determine if Gobert was actually the reason Mitchell contracted the virus, but the way Gobert was acting (which included lots of sarcastic touching) just prior to the outbreak in the US makes it easy to see why Mitchell had his reservations about Gobert's character. The Jazz roster is very talented and well rounded, so hopefully these two can coexist going forward.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
April 12, 2020, 7:55 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert spoke to Donovan Mitchell a few days ago and has publicly stated that both players are now focused on winning a title together.
Gobert did acknowledge that "relationships are never perfect", but he largely reoriented the conversation to both players' focus on succeeding on the court together. Some tensions may be lingering on Mitchell's end following the COVID-19 fiasco that started with Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Both players remain cornerstones for the Jazz, and like most issues, winning usually puts these sorts of problems on the backburner. Nonetheless, when basketball gets back underway it is worth monitoring the situation.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
April 10, 2020, 1:08 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
In a story from The Athletic, it's reported that the Jazz are concerned about the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
Gobert was infamously the NBA's patient zero for COVID-19, and his cavalier attitude toward the league's distancing policies prior to his positive test has not helped his public image at all. Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz to test positive, and he has been open about being frustrated with the role Gobert played in the saga. While Jazz officials have worked to remind Mitchell that it's unknown whether Gobert gave it to him or vice versa, one anonymous source was quoted as saying their relationship "doesn't appear salvageable." That's being credited to a reluctance on Mitchell's part, and when basketball does resume this will be the biggest question that Utah has to answer.
Source: The Athletic
March 27, 2020, 12:14 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Utah Department of Health has cleared both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, meaning they no longer pose a risk of infection to others.
Both Gobert and Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, and although Gobert mentioned that he briefly lost his senses of taste and smell, the duo seems to be fully recovered. This is great news as we wait for word on when or if the NBA season will be able to continue.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
March 13, 2020, 12:32 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Yahoo's Chris Haynes is reporting that the NBA will neither fine nor suspend Rudy Gobert when the league resumes.
It's a ridiculous idea to begin with, because while Gobert was the first player to test positive, there's also no way of knowing if he is really the NBA's first case of COVID-19. While Gobert did set himself up for this with his cavalier attitude and reported "careless" behavior, any sort of further discipline would be off the mark.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
March 12, 2020, 3:34 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The NBA has informed teams that the league will be suspended for 30 days at minimum, per Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.
With two confirmed cases in the league, and all 30 teams able to be connected through their play in the last week alone, the NBA has no choice but to suspend operations. A month off seems like the true best-case scenario for the league, but they really have no control over the spread of COVID-19 and things will be in limbo indeterminately.
Source: Bruce Arthur on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 9:50 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The NBA announced that they will suspend the season after Wednesday night's games, following confirmation that Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The NBA released a statement on Wednesday that they will suspend the season after Wednesday's games until further notice. The NBA "will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the Coronavirus pandemic". The main concern is protecting the global community, and the NBA is taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of Coronavirus. This is an unprecedented situation for the NBA and expect more news to follow in the coming days.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 9:34 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday.
Gobert was ruled out for Wednesday's game with an illness, and Shams Charania reported that he has tested positive for Coronavirus. Gobert will likely be out at least two weeks, and this news could have further implications for the rest of the league. The NBA owners met Wednesday and are expected to announce Thursday that games will be played without fans moving forward. This news may pressure them to take extra precautions and suspend games altogether. Watch the news closely on Thursday.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 8:43 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Jazz-Thunder game on Wednesday will be postponed due to multiple players having an illness before the game.
Rudy Gobert (illness) was ruled out before the game and the NBA is taking extra precautions. The NBA may announce Thursday that they will suspend games or play games without fans moving forward. This postponed game sets a precedent now too, so be sure to watch your lineups very carefully during the fantasy playoffs in case there are more last-minute postponed games.
Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 8:33 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Jazz and Thunder were sent back to the locker room due to an illness before the game and are currently waiting on league confirmation to start.
Rudy Gobert (illness) is out with an illness, and it sounds like other players were suffering with an illness as well. The way the NBA handles COVID-19 could potentially impact fantasy leagues moving forward. The NBA owners met on Wednesday to discuss temporarily suspending games or playing games without fans. Stay up to date on this news as you will want to make sure you understand the fantasy impacts.
Source: Nate Duncan on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 8:00 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert (illness) will not suit up vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Tony Bradley will start in place of Gobert and is a worthy streaming option, especially if you need blocks. The Jazz play two more times this week and Gobert's next chance to play will be vs. the Pelicans on Friday.
Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 7:16 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Tony Jones of the Athletic is reporting that Rudy Gobert (illness) is still questionable heading into Wednesday's contest vs. the Thunder.
There are conflicting reports here so we'll have to wait until closer to tip-off for some clarity. Royce Young of ESPN previously reported that Gobert would sit out of Wednesday's game. If Gobert does sit out, Tony Bradley becomes an interesting streamer. However, Bradley has no value when Gobert plays.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 6:49 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Both Rudy Gobert and Emannuel Mudiay have been downgraded to out for Wednesday's matchup vs. the Thunder as they are both sick.
Tony Bradley will have streaming appeal with Gobert sidelined and he can be used in DFS tournaments as a low-cost option. In two games that Gobert missed in November, Bradley was able to produce third-round value. Mudiay doesn't have fantasy value at this time.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 12:37 pmEmmanuel MudiayPG, Utah Jazz
Emmanuel Mudiay is considered questionable for Wednesday's game due to illness.
Mudiay has played a total of 10 minutes over his last two appearances. He has averaged 7.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists this season, but Jazz fans are probably more concerned about the status of teammate Rudy Gobert.
Source: Sarah Todd on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 12:26 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert (illness) missed shootaround and is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.
Gobert had a quiet game on Monday but is averaging 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks this season. Expect more minutes for Joe Ingles and Tony Bradley if the Jazz are forced to take Gobert out of the lineup.
Source: Sarah Todd on Twitter