RUMOR: Mike Conley’s future with Jazz gets clarity amid hefty price tag
Unrestricted free agent guard Mike Conley is now expected to return to the Utah Jazz, and it looks like the team is getting a discount.
According to Grant Afseth of Sports Illustrated, the talks have been Conley rejoining the Jazz on a three-year, $60 million deal. If this report proves to be true, the contract is way cheaper than the reported $75 million price tag that Conley is reportedly asking for the same duration.
The said contract is also a significant pay cut from what Conley made in the past five seasons. In fact, he made $66 million combined in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 campaigns.
Mike Conley is expected to return to the Utah Jazz on a three-year, $60 million contract, a league source tells @MavericksSI.
The first-time All-Star is coming off a season featuring averages of 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.
— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) July 31, 2021
For what it’s worth, Mike Conley returning to the Jazz is not that surprising. Previous reports already indicated that the veteran floor general is leaning on returning to Utah and that the Salt Lake City squad is ready to go all-in to keep him on their backcourt alongside Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell was previously linked with the Dallas Mavericks considering that the Mavs had interest in him in the past. However, it seems like Mark Cuban and Co. will just be focusing their efforts in bringing in Kyle Lowry to help Luka Doncic on ballhandling and playmaking duties.
Conley has seen his production decrease since joining the Jazz in 2019, averaging 15.3 points, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals so far in his Utah stint. However, he was a big reason why the they became the top team in the NBA in 2020-21 after recording a 52-20 record.
Given what they showed in the past season, there is reason to believe Conley has the best chance to win his first ring in Utah if they are able to keep their momentum going and improve further.