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Report: Jazz expected to make another run at Mike Conley in the offseason

Mike Conley, Grizzlies

The Utah Jazz are expected to make yet another run at Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley after showing deep interest in the lefty veteran before this season’s trade deadline, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

The Ricky Rubio experiment has simply not worked as anticipated for the last two seasons, and the Jazz believe they are another playmaker away from making a deeper run in the Western Conference.

Adding another capable guard who can get his own shot as well as play off the ball would allow for Donovan Mitchell to grow into his skill set, giving him the freedom to isolate or make plays for others. Who better to teach him the ways of a playmaker than Conley?

Save for an injury-riddled 2017-18 season, Conley has put up over 20 points and six assists per game in two of the last three seasons, shooting 40.7% and 36.4% from deep in them, respectively.

The lefty point man would give the Jazz exactly what Rubio doesn’t: a capable scorer who can shoot the ball confidently and thrive with the ball in his hands or without it.

The Jazz ultimately will go as far as Mitchell can take them, but Conley would be in a unique position to get major playing time while mentoring one of the game’s best talents in his own backcourt, making the most of his prime years in the league.

Getting Conley won’t come cheap. The 31-year-old floor general has two years and $67 million left on his contract, though he does have an early termination option in 2020-21.

Injury concerns will also play a part in the Jazz’s decision, as he has yet to play more than 70 games in his last five seasons with Memphis.