The Memphis Grizzlies are trading Mike Conley Jr. to the Utah Jazz for a package of forwards and draft picks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Jazz will send a protected 2020 first-round pick to the Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN. That pick will convey as a late-lottery pick in 2020 or 2021, or become a lightly-protected pick from 2022-'24. Deal complete on July 6. https://t.co/UY47lnIOWU— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019
The deal is expected to be completed July 6.
Jazz acquire Conley to bolster postseason run
Talks reportedly “intensified” this week, per Charania, between the teams as the Jazz look to take a deeper run in the postseason next year. They were in talks prior to the deadline, but the Jazz couldn’t reach a deal to acquire the star point guard.
Conley confirmed the news in a tweet and thanked Memphis for his time there.
What more can I say about my city! You guys made me the man I am today! Memphis is home. Always! 🙌🏾🙌🏾..Time for another chapter! Excited to give all I have to The Jazz and Salt Lake City! 😁#LetsGetIt #GodsPlan #takenote 💪🏾— Mike Conley (@mconley11) June 19, 2019
Conley, who spent all 12 of his NBA seasons with the Grizzlies, has franchise records for games played, points scored, assists, steals, field goals made and 3-pointers made. He averaged a career-high 21.1 points per game with 6.4 assists. The point guard joins 2017-18 all-rookie selection Donovan Mitchell (23.8 ppg) and 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (15.9 ppg).
The Jazz lost in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Houston Rockets in five games. With questions surrounding the Golden State Warriors’ hold on the conference — and new queries into what exactly the problem is in Houston — the Jazz are taking their shot at the title.
Grizzlies rebuilding with Conley trade
The Grizzlies missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year at 33-49. The team has the 27th rated offense in the league, per Basketball Reference, and scored a league-worst 103.5 points per contest.
They have the No. 2 pick in the draft Thursday night and are likely to pick Murray State sensation Ja Morant. They’ll also now have the 23 pick, where USC’s Kevin Porter Jr. was slated to go to the Jazz in the latest Yahoo Sports mock draft.
Crowder, 28, averaged 11.9 points per game for the Grizzlies in ’18-19. The 38-year-old Korver averaged 9.1 points per game in his one season with Utah.
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