Report: Celtics, Jazz, Pacers, Pistons lining up to trade for Grizzlies’ Mike Conley
Several teams are lining up to take a stab at acquiring Memphis Grizzlies point man Mike Conley. Among them are the Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, according to Jordan Brenner of The Athletic.
The Jazz have been reported as a “front-runner” for Conley’s services as they avidly look for a replacement for Ricky Rubio, who is likely saying adios to the Jazz this summer after two underwhelming seasons with the team. The Jazz have long had interest in Conley as they look for a backcourt partner for the young Donovan Mitchell.
The Celtics are set to lose Kyrie Irving and also have Terry Rozier hitting free agency. Acquiring Conley would at least be a decent consolation prize if Boston indeed loses Irving after missing out on Anthony Davis.
The Pacers have both of their point guards in Darren Collison and Cory Joseph in line to hit free agency, but it’s evidently clear they will need an upgrade at the position to take some of the burden away from Victor Oladipo.
Detroit enjoyed a full 82 games from Reggie Jackson in 2018-19, coming after two injury-marred seasons in 2016-17 (52 games played) and 2017-18 (45 games). But the Pistons could possibly package the injury-prone guard coming off a fully healthy season and bundle him in exchange for Conley, a heady point guard with the knack for throwing beautiful lobs (hello Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond).
The Grizzlies are determined to trade Conley this offseason, hoping to rebuild around their young players and give this team a new identity.