Jazz willing to go all in on Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell duo
The Utah Jazz aim to make a big splash this offseason, as they apparently are interested in re-signing Mike Conley to a massive deal. According to Marc Stein, the Jazz plan to send an offer of three years worth $75 million. Although Conley is in the back-end of his career, the Jazz seem confident he can continue playing at a high level for a few more years.
This would lock Conley and Donovan Mitchell together, giving the Jazz some consistency in the backcourt. Mitchell is the obvious superstar in Utah, but having Conley by his side gave the Jazz a massive edge in most of their games. The front office hopes to recapture that magic for the 2022 season.
Utah finished with the best record last year and earned the number one seed for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. It didn’t pan out as they had hoped, as the Jazz were upset by the Los Angeles Clippers. The front office clearly believes the best answer is to retain the same roster, as the team has the chemistry necessary to make a deep run in the postseason.
It’s an interesting decision, to say the least, as Mike Conley will be 34 years old next season. Additionally, Conley has struggled to stay on the court the last couple of years. In the 72-game season this year, Conley only participated in 51 of them. If the Jazz does make this offer to Conley, they’d be tying him to the franchise until he’s 37 years old. Considering Conley’s play has already been fading, this doesn’t seem like the smartest decision for the organization this offseason.
We’ll see how it plays out though, as the Jazz technically hasn’t made this offer as yet. However, Marc Stein is reporting that Utah is “pressing hard to re-sign Mike Conley.” Making an offer of $75 million for three years is a steep price to pay for an aging point guard, but the Jazz are limited with options heading into free agency.