Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be available to play in Monday’s home game against the Washington Wizards, the team announced.
Gobert suffered a bone bruise in his left knee on Nov. 10 after Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters fell into his leg. Gobert was expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
“It’s fair to wonder if Gobert’s speedy recovery is at least somewhat linked to the incentives in his contract, which ESPN’s Bobby Marks recently detailed. The 25-year-old can earn up to $2MM in bonuses this year, but in order to receive some of that bonus money, he’ll have to appear in at least 67 games. That would mean missing no more than 15 contests over the course of the regular season — Gobert, who was sidelined for 11 games due to his leg injury, would have missed exactly 15 based on his original four-week timetable.”
Gobert, 25, is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks this season in 12 games. He is shooting a staggering 62.0 percent from the field.