The result of Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery will likely have major implications for how this off-season plays out, as it pertains to both blockbuster trades and All Star free agents. For instance, the New Orleans Pelicans are now looking to convince Anthony Davis to stay in NOLA after they landed the coveted number one pick, while the Lakers will use their 4th overall selection to sweeten the trade offer.
Additionally, the Memphis Grizzlies – who moved all the way up to the second pick – are in line to take Murray State’s star point guard Ja Morant. If that’s the case, veteran point guard Mike Conley could very likely be on the move. At the very least, it’s reasonable to believe Memphis will be listening to offers.
According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Utah Jazz are among the teams expected to pursue Conley. O’Connor notes, “multiple league sources said this week that the Jazz are expected to make another push” for the 31-year old lefty.
Last season with the Grizz, Conley averaged a career-high 21.1 points with 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 70 appearances this season. The issue with Conley, however, is his hefty contract. He is guaranteed $32 million in 2019-20 and any team looking to make a trade would also have to be willing to pay him $34.5 million in the 2020-21 season as part of his original five-year, $153 million contract.
Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer which will clear up some cap space if the team does want to make a deal for Conley.