Jazz, Grizzlies Could Revisit Conley Trade Talks In Offseason

Prior to this season’s trade deadline, the Jazz and Grizzlies engaged in serious discussions about a deal that would have sent Mike Conley to Utah. While the two sides ultimately didn’t agree to terms on a deadline deal, those talks could pick back up in June, front office executives tell Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

The exact details of Utah’s February offer for Conley aren’t known, but the Jazz were believed to be offering at least a first-round pick and a pair of expiring veteran contracts (Ricky Rubio and Derrick Favors). Memphis reportedly sought a second first-round pick or point guard Dante Exum, and the Jazz weren’t willing to go that high.

The Grizzlies moved on from veteran center Marc Gasol at last month’s deadline, signaling that they’re ready to break up their longtime core and retool their roster. In other words, Conley is a good bet to be back on the trade block this summer. However, a report after the deadline suggested that Memphis also doesn’t mind the idea of hanging onto its point guard and building around Conley and Jaren Jackson, so an offseason trade certainly isn’t a foregone conclusion.

Conley remains under contract for $32.5MM in 2019/20, with a $34.5MM early termination option for 2020/21. That’s a steep price to pay for a point guard in his 30s, but the former Ohio State standout has been as good as ever this season, averaging a career-high 20.7 PPG to go along with 6.4 APG, 3.4 RPG, and 1.4 SPG.

The Jazz, meanwhile, could be on the lookout for a point guard this summer with Rubio set to reach unrestricted free agency and Exum once again plagued by health issues.

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3 thoughts on “Jazz, Grizzlies Could Revisit Conley Trade Talks In Offseason

  1. whodatcoon

    How do you build around a guy that will be 32 next season? Especially when Conley is only good, often injured, and takes a significant portion of your cap space.

    • x%sure

      They have always liked the guy there and his athletecism will be slow to decline. Hasn’t even begun. I doubt they give him up.

    • D$!LLKU$H-og

      Utah makes a ton of sense. Him along side D Mitchell is a fierce backcourt. What sucks is Utah doesn’t have salaries of players they would trade that would work capwise. Guess they could send Crowder and Exum which would be like $18-20MM. Not sure if they have the cap space to take on an additional $12-14MM. Its possible that Memphis likes Favors and they have a handshake agreement Utah could pick up his team option and send him with Exum and maybe Bradley or their 1st.

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