The Utah Jazz were coming off a big time playoff series win in 2018, led by their star-rookie Donovan Mitchell and their All-NBA, Defensive Player of the Year staple in Rudy Gobert. They upset the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs to bring buzz to the city. Unfortunately this year went a little differently, they had to face potentially the 2nd best team in the West, the Houston Rockets, as early as the first round. They lost in 5 games.
Now it’s time to shake things up. The Utah Jazz have traded for a true leader and point guard in Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies. The Jazz were already planning on Ricky Rubio being gone in free agency as they looked to upgrade at the position. Conley has been a staple for the Grizzlies in his 12 year career alongside Marc Gasol. Gasol was traded earlier in the year to the Toronto Raptors so we expected Conley to be moved eventually as well. While Conley has made one All-Defensive team in his career, his accolades don’t do him justice, being in the Western Conference has really kept Conley out of making All-Star appearances, but he plays at that level.
Mike Conley is being traded to the Jazz for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and draft picks, per @ShamsCharania
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Utah is sending a package of players including forwards Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver, along with draft picks, and Grayson Allen to Memphis, league sources said.
Reports: Memphis is trading Mike Conley to the Jazz for a package that includes Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder and Kyle Korver, along with the 2019 No. 23 pick and a future first-round pick.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 19, 2019