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Rudy Gobert to play for France in Olympics

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Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will represent France in next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Gobert did not play in the four-game qualifying tournament earlier this month, when France qualified for the Games by going undefeated and knocking out a challenging group of teams that included Canada, Turkey, and New Zealand. Genessy notes that Gobert was still rehabilitating a late-season injury during this month’s qualifiers.

This will be the third straight summer when Gobert represents France in a major tournament, as he was a rotation player during last summer’s EuroBasket and the FIBA World Cup in 2014. France won the bronze medal in both tournaments.

Genessy notes that one of Gobert’s teammates with the French team is also a new teammate with the Jazz: Boris Diaw, who was just traded by the Spurs in a salary dump. Genessy also notes that Gobert will face another Jazz teammate, Joe Ingles, when France goes up against Australia in group play.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reports that the Jazz and Gobert have agreed to wait until after the Olympics to discuss a contract extension — Gobert will enter restricted free agency next summer if a deal is not struck by the end of October. Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune adds that the deal is likely to be struck quickly.

Rudy Gobert to play for France in Olympics

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