Today, Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder and the 23rd pick in tomorrow nights NBA Draft. This move is something almost every fan should have seen coming due to Conley’s massive contract and the Grizzlies obvious love for Ja Morant.
Conley (31) has been one of the leagues most consistent pieces, never quite breaking into the “elite” tier”. Conley currently has a contract that makes him the 10th highest paid player in the league which had to be moved for this rebuild in Memphis to happen.
The Memphis Rebuild has been rumored for a few years now and was basically solidified with the trading away of Marc Gasol to the Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Muiles and a 2024 second round pick.
The second Memphis got the second overall pick we knew it was Morant. We knew Conley’s contract was too massive for a rebuild…what we didn’t know is what team would get the defensive minded guard.
Utah is an up and coming franchise who is on the cusp of greatness (quote me on that). Donovan Mitchell is a clear cut star, no if’s and’s or but’s, and surrounding him with guys ready to win now has to be the teams top priority. It sucks to lose good rotation players like Allen, Korver and Crowder, but gaining a piece that potentially brings the idea of a smaller “Big 3” to Utah (Conley, Mitchell, Gobert) is a significant boost for the franchise.
I love the move. I love the fact that Conley gets a change of situation and now potentially has the claim to top back court in basketball. I don’t love the change of scenery for a young improving player like Grayson Allen however.
Allen has improved immensely since coming into the league. A player most thought would be a bust since his questionably amazing days at Duke came out and scored 40 on the Clippers this past season. I like that Allen is now a part of a rebuild that consists of some young, solid players…I just hope his development can continue the way it was in Utah.
All in all, this move paints a brighter image into the NBA draft tomorrow night. Conley was a big piece to the Draft Day puzzle, and with this move out of the way, we can start to see just where this class will end up.