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Jazz’s Mike Conley out vs. Nuggets due to injury management for knee

Jazz, Mike Conley

The Utah Jazz will be without point guard Mike Conley on Thursday when they take on the Denver Nuggets.

Conley is out as part of the injury management of his right knee:

The Jazz are 32-15 on the season. They are in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

Conley has appeared in only 28 games this season. The lefty is averaging 12.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists while shooting 37.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Jazz are 17-11 with Conley in the lineup.

Conley signed a five-year, $152.6 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in the summer of 2016. He’s making $32,511,623 this season and has a player option worth $34,502,130 for next season, an option he will surely pick up since he won’t make that type of money on the open market.

Utah lost to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Jazz need Conley to play better as the season moves along. They will need the veteran to play at a near-All-Star level once the playoffs start so star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell doesn’t have to do everything on offense.

Conley switched agents and joined CAA in November. He is now in the same agency as Mitchell and Jazz small forward Royce O’Neale.