Jazz acquire Grizzlies’ Conley Jr.

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Utah Jazz acquired their next starting point guard on Wednesday. The Jazz acquired Mike Conley Jr.

In exchange, the Memphis Grizzlies are receiving veterans Kyle Korver and Jae Crowder. They also received Grayson Allen, who was a first-round pick in 2018.

In addition, the Grizzlies are receiving the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Plus, they are Recreceiving a future first round pick.

With this addition, the Jazz pair Conley Jr. with Donovan Mitchell, who is a rising star in the NBA. He can also help Mitchell make the “Spiderman” better.

Also, Conley Jr. will replace Ricky Rubio, as the team’s starting point guard. Rubio spent the last two seasons with the Jazz after being acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017.

Conley Jr. will be with the team for at least one season during the 2019-20 season. He could potentially leave the team in the summer of 2020.

He has an early termination for the 2020-21 season. The early termination is $34.5 million.

$22.4 million of that $34.5 million is already guaranteed.

Korver — who may retire, as he does not want to relocate his family once again — has a partially guaranteed contract for the 2019-20 season. He has a base salary of $7.5 million, but only $3.4 million is guaranteed.

Allen has one more year for the 2019-20 season worth $2.4 million. There is also club options for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons that are not guaranteed.

Crowder has one-year left on his deal before free agency. He is slated to make $7.8 million during the 2019-20 season.

Crowder made 80 appearances, including 11 starts during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 27.1 minutes per game.

Korver — who also played with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season — made 70 appearances. He averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game.

Allen made 38 appearances, including two starts. He averaged 5.6 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game in 10.9 minutes per game.

Conley Jr. made 70 appearances, including 70 starts last season. He averaged a career-best 21.1 points per game with 3.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 33.5 minutes per game.

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