Grizzlies reportedly trade Mike Conley to Jazz
June 19, 2019
12:12 p.m. ET
A long-rumored deal is finally materializing. Mike Conley is headed to Utah.
The Memphis Grizzlies are reportedly set to trade Conley, a star veteran point guard, to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, Grayson Allen, and draft compensation. This according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
The trade reportedly won't become official until early July.
For the 6-foot-1 Conley, moving away from the Grizzlies makes sense at this point in his career. He'll turn 32 years old in October and in joining the Jazz gets to be a key part of a good, playoff team. This while the Grizzlies, who traded Marc Gasol this past season, are set to rebuild almost from scratch.
Conley in 2018-19 put up the highest-scoring season of his career, averaging 21.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game, shooting 43.8% from the field and 36.4% from three-point range.
He now moves to a team that boasts a young star scoring guard in Donovan Mitchell and star defensive-minded center in Rudy Gobert. Conley and Mitchell form an extremely intriguing backcourt that, on paper (and on an Internet screen) sounds excellent.
The Jazz last season went 50-32, while the Grizzlies went 33-49.
With the 2019 NBA draft
taking place tomorrow and this deal in place, there is a good chance the Grizzlies will select Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall pick.