Jazz’s Mike Conley to play vs. Kings, expected to come off bench
The Jazz will bring Conley off the bench:
Just in: Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. will return from monthlong absence Saturday vs. Kings, NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports.
"I'm told the plan is for Conley to come off the bench in his return and have a minutes restriction." pic.twitter.com/BQfyyxAk6z
— Stadium (@Stadium) January 18, 2020
The Jazz is 28-13 on the season. They are in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Conley has played in 22 games this season. The lefty is averaging 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 36.5 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free-throw line.
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 expect 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.
Mike Conley switched agents and joined CAA in November. He is now in the same agency as Mitchell and Jazz small forward Royce O’Neale.