SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Jazz has found its new point guard. Finally, Mike Conley is a member of the team.
Utah has traded Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, number 23 in the 2019 NBA draft and a future first round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for Conley, a source has confirmed KSL.com.
Athletics Shams Charania was the first to report the trade.
Athletics David Aldridge reported that future first round picking will go to Grizzlies 2020 or 2021 if it lands between picks eight and 1
Conley's average career-high 21.1 points last season, along with 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot 36.4% behind the 3-point line.
The 12-year-old veteran has two years left on his contract that will see him make $ 32.5 million next season and $ 34.5 million in 2020-21.
This move is likely to take the jazz out of most of the upcoming offshore drama. Utah will not have a first round of elections in Thursday's draft; And with Conley's contract on the books, the jazz will not have significant cover space to hunt one of the prized free agents. In fact, with the jazz players, Jazz will take up Conley in its locker room, which means that they will only have an intermediate level of about $ 4.7 million in free agency.
Jazz can still renounce Derrick Favor's $ 16.9 million contract to create more space, but it seems unlikely after Tuesday's deal.
Currently, the jazz rotation seems to be Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Favors and Rudy Gobert as beginners. with Dante Exum, Royce O & N; Neale, Georges Niang and Raul Neto as the primary parts. Utah is likely to push forward with the mid-level exception.
Until this time, Conley has spent his entire career in Memphis, helping Grizzlies reach the seven-timed playoffs.
After playing only 12 games During the 2017-18 season due to a left Achilles injury, Conley played 70 games in 2018-19, averaging nearly 29 minutes a contest. On March 11, he won the Western Conference Game of the Week award, partly because he sent a career-high 40 points in a victory over Portland.
Jazzen has had his eyes on Conley for a while now. Leading up to February trading deadline, Jazz and Grizzlies engaged in trade negotiations centered around Conley, but could not agree on an agreement. And Utah had hoped Parma Conley with the young star Donovan Mitchell beyond that. They finally got their wish on Wednesday.
What more can I say about my city! You made me the man I am today! Memphis is home. Always! 🙌🏾🙌🏾..Time for another chapter! Excited to give everything I need for Jazz and Salt Lake City! 19 #LetsGetIt #GodPlan #takenote 💪🏾
– Mike Conley (@ mconley11) June 19, 2019
"Welcome to squadbrotha !!" Mitchell wrote to Conley on Twitter.
In February, several stores reported that Conley didn't want to play in Utah. On the morning of the deadline, Conley denied these reports.
"I'll play somewhere," Conley told reporters. "I never ran from a conference or any special place. I don't know where it came from."
Conley will replace Ricky Rubio as the jazz starting point guard. Rubio, who was very popular in the Jazz storage room, averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 last season – his second in Utah. He shot only 31.1% from the 3-point range, which ranked 153 among the 163 players with at least 200 attempts.
While no full-time jazz starters were sent back in the trade, Crowder and Korver were important pieces of jazz rotation. Crowder played in 80 games last season with averaging 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game. He was the closest that Jazz had a forward force, but only linked to 33.1% of his 3-point attempts.
Korver came into midseason trading at the end of November and ended an average of 9.1 points at 38.4% from the 3-point range. His second stint with the jazz happened to a late knee injury that held him out at the end of the regular season.
Allen was jazz's first round of play last season. He was selected 21 by Utah but stopped bouncing between Jazz and Salt Lake City Stars for much of the season. He played in 38 games and averaged 5.6 points. However, Allen finished the year with a high listing by dropping 40 points in the regular season final against Clippers.