Grizzlies Trade Mike Conley to Jazz

by Keith Lott
Grizzlies Trade Mike Conley to Jazz

As expected, the Memphis Grizzlies have traded Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Utah did not have to send much back for the veteran PG as the entire league knew Memphis needed to move Conley, who is owed $32.5m next season.

Ja Morant is clearly now going to be the second overall pick in tomorrow night's draft.

In return, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, the 23rd pick in the draft and a protected future first-round pick were dealt to the Grizzlies.

Odd are, Memphis moves Crowder and Korver before the 2019-20 NBA season starts. They also have no reason to pay Avery Bradley $13m so he will most likely be traded or waived as well.

Grizzlies Trade Mike Conley to Jazz

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The Jazz needed to find a point guard with Ricky Rubio now a free agent. A playoff team, adding a veteran PG like Conley is a solid move.

With Conley and Donovan Mitchell in the backcourt, Joe Ingles at the small forward position, Derrick Favors at power forward (for now) and Rudy Gobert at center, the Jazz are ready to compete for the Western Conference Championship.

They will need to sure up their depth chart though as they have little coming off the bench outside of Royce O'Neale.

Nothing changes in Fantasy Basketball for the Jazz, players should hold their value.

Grizzlies Youth Movement

With the fourth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies drafted Jaren Jackson.

With the second pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies will draft Ja Morant.

Those are the building blocks for Memphis.

The Grizzlies got Jonas Valanciunas in return for Marc Gasol at the NBA trade deadline, who just declined his player option. Rumor has it that he is looking to re-sign on a longer deal.

Memphis also has Ivan Rabb and Bruno Caboclo on the depth chart and Memphis has time now to develop these young guys with the expensive veterans off the roster.

In the backcourt, Grayson Allen will join Ja Morant, Delon Wright and Dillon Brooks. But the Grizzlies lack outside shooters so I would imagine Allen should get some playing time early and often and could prove to be a valuable Fantasy waiver add this season.

We all know Morant is a play-maker and having a shooter like Allen waiting beyond the three-point line for that kick out pass could be a nice little Fantasy perk.

Morant, Jackson and Valanciunas (if he re-signs) are the only players worth drafting in Fantasy Basketball.

With their second, first-round pick Memphis needs to find a shooter at pick 23. Maybe Tyler Herro falls to them, but odds are they will have to settle on a Kevin Porter Jr., Cameron Johnson or Dylan Windler.

Another option is Chuma Okeke, who would be a lottery pick had he not suffered an injury during March Madness. Draft him last, give time to get healthy and next year you have your starting SF.

The problem for Memphis is that Chandler Parsons is still set to make $25m this year while Kyle Anderson and C.J. Miles are set to earn a combined $17-18m.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the Grizzlies this year. If they prove they can play in the NBA, like the Atlanta Hawks did last year, and with another Lottery pick coming in 2020, will free agents want their money?

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1 comment

Ravi Reddy June 23, 2019 - 7:17 am

Conley sucks donkey balls! I wouldn’t trade George Muresan for him. How stupid can a GM be???


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