We’re still not entirely sure what ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was trying to say about the Utah Jazz on First Take on Friday, but clearly, he was onto something.

After Kevin Durant’s trade request was reported on Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets also completed a trade with the Jazz for Royce O’Neale in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick. The deal was met with some confusion by many. However, Windhorst stopped by First Take on Friday to provide a masterclass explanation that Utah was…up to something. And that something might have been the start of a roster rebuild.

The NBA world had a field day with Windhorst’s gestures and speaking style. However, it turns out that the NBA insider was on the money and it only took a few hours for the plan to be revealed.

The Jazz traded Rudy Gobert on Friday to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a deal that includes Malik Beasley, Patrick BeverleyWalker Kessler, Leandro Bolmaro, and Jarred Vanderbilt, as well as multiple first-round picks.

As soon as the deal went down, NBA folks flocked to Twitter to shower Windhorst in adulation for this very weird but very correct assumption that Utah was on the verge of making a big move. And even ESPN knew they had to pay homage to the king for this one.

While Woj and Shams might be the ones breaking all the NBA news, fans are going to be paying a little closer attention to Windhorst in the days ahead. Clearly, the guy is onto something.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.