Memphis grizzlies are stepping up commercial talks to advance Mike Conley Jr. and Utah Jazz have emerged as the main candidate to reach him, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The veteran guard is a likely candidate to be exchanged for the change in the team's leadership over the last two seasons and the fact that the Grizz will have the opportunity to nominate guard Ja Morant to fill this position later this year. week.
This is not the first time Conley's name has been mentioned in trade negotiations. Last week Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN spoke about Utah's interest in the veteran during their show, including the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers.
Despite the unsuccessful Memphis campaign last year, Conley managed to set a career record with 21.1 points per game. He added 6.4 assists per contest.
Although Conley is the type of established winner that would make any team better, the 31-year-old has a significant success rate: he owed $ 32.5 million in 2019-20 and $ 34.5 next season. If the Jazz has to acquire it, he will have to be creative.
According to Basketball Insiders, the Jazz has $ 91 million worth of money guaranteed for next season, and can further reduce it by cutting ties with any combination of its five unsecured contracts.