Jazz face huge Mike Conley dilemma that could ignite trade spree
The Utah Jazz are facing a tricky situation in the offseason as point guard Mike Conley is set to hit free agency. Resigning Conley is one of the top priorities of Utah as he had a productive season and helped the team clinch the number one seed in a tough Western Conference. However, signing Conley will not be easy as the Jazz have nine players who have guaranteed contracts next season and are already committed to spending around $130 million in salaries, per Sportrac.
Even if Conley takes a pay cut of around $15-20 million, it will still not be enough to solve the Jazz problem. This situation can set off a series of trades to free up cap space and include some of their key pieces in last season’s run.
“League personnel most often mention Joe Ingles as the Jazz wing to watch, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neale are also considered available for trade as Utah narrows its focus towards building a contender around Donovan Mitchell. The Jazz are also open to discuss trading their No. 30 pick, sources said.”
— Mike Conley (@mconley11) May 17, 2021
We saw how crucial Conley was for the Jazz as his presence was sorely missed when he went down on a hamstring injury during the playoffs.
Conley’s playmaking and ball-handling skills could have taken some pressure off of Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell. Conley missed five games during the second round of the Playoffs against the Clippers. He returned for Game Six, but he managed only five points on 1-of-8 shooting and had six turnovers in 26 minutes.
Should be an interesting summer for Utah.