Jazz guard Mike Conley in quarantine after COVID-19 scare
The Utah Jazz, along with the rest of the NBA, are preparing for the preseason and Mike Conley won’t be available until sometime next week — at the earliest. According to Eric Walden of the Salt Lake City Tribune, Conley is in the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol.
MikeConley confirms he was one of the two Jazz players in the COVID protocol. Said he had close contact with a family member who tested positive.
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) December 4, 2020
Conley was reportedly one of two players on the Jazz to enter the protocol this week. While it was believed that Conley may have tested positive for COVID-19 himself, he was just in close contact with a family member who tested positive.
Therefore, Conley will be required to quarantine away from the team in the coming days. As both Walden and Marc Stein of the New York Times reported, Conley will need to produce the needed number of negative tests before returning to the Jazz, which could be as early as Monday.
Conley said he is NOT positive but in quarantine until he can register the sufficient number of negative tests https://t.co/dU6iXlHcti
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 4, 2020
Conley was traded to Utah before last season after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Memphis Grizzlies. With Memphis having their sights on Ja Morant being their future point guard, Conley preferred to join a contending team in the NBA.
In his first season with the Jazz, Conley played in 47 games, averaging 14.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. All of those were the lowest numbers of his career since his rookie season with the Grizzlies.
Nevertheless, after dealing with injuries in 2019-2020, Conley is focused on contributing at a high level for Utah this season. But before he can join the team in time for the preseason on December 11, he’ll need to produce enough negative COVID-19 tests.