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Shaquille O’Neal evidently doesn’t think Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert is worth the $205 million contract extension he signed last month.
In a recent appearance on CBS Sports’ “All Things Covered” podcast, the Hall of Famer appeared to take a shot Gobert and his contract, which made him the highest-paid center in NBA history.
“I’m not gonna hate, but this should be an inspiration to all the little kids out there,” O’Neal said. “You average 11 points in the NBA, you can get $200 million.”
Gobert has a career average of 11.8 points per game, though he averaged 15.9 points in 2018-19 and 15.1 points last season.
Gobert, whose new contract is for five years, is widely considered to be one of the cornerstones of the Utah organization, alongside Donovan Mitchell. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He earned his first All-Star selection last season.
The 28-year-old Gobert was technically eligible for a super max extension, which his agent reportedly lobbied for initially, but Gobert wanted to leave the Jazz a little flexibility.
“He’s got a great agent, and I’m happy for him and his family,” Shaq said of Gobert. “With the new rules, you have a pot of money, you have to spend that money. I’m happy for him, but this is a moment for a lot of kids who think they can’t make it.”
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