Grizzlies trade Conley to Jazz

Tanya Simon
June 19, 2019

Shortly after the reported trade came through, Conley posted the following on Twitter: "What more can I say about my city!" Grizzlies beat writer Omari Sankofa II and Jazz beat writer Tony Jones discuss below.

Memphis now has the No. 2 and 23 picks in the first round of the 2019 National Basketball Association draft.

Wojnarowski added that the trade will go through on July 6. Memphis is home. Always!

The other piece that would nearly have to be involved in order to get Conley to Salt Lake City is Utah's No. 23 overall pick for the upcoming draft. The longtime point guard in Memphis is a franchise favorite, but once his running partner in Marc Gasol was traded this past season, the writing was on the wall that he too was on his way out.

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The move nearly certainly means that Ricky Rubio will be elsewhere next season, even after he averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 assists for the Jazz this season.

The move elevates the Jazz in a now wide-open Western Conference, though it comes with the three years and $97 million still owed Conley. No player they could've picked up in the draft would have done as much for them as Conley could. He's played in a majority of the team's games since then, though he only played in 12 during the 2017-18 season.

Conley, 31, averaged 21.1 points and 6.4 assists in 70 games for the Grizzlies last season. If the Grizzlies are content with building around Morant and 2018 NBA Draft lottery pick Jaren Jackson Jr.

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