What would a Mike Conley trade mean for the Utah Jazz moving forward?

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  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2019 9:58 a.m.

    This is about treading water and saving money for Gobert and Mitchell, not about trying to win it all.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2019 9:34 a.m.

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    OTOH, the upside to trading for Conley is that he would almost certainly give the Jazz a greater improvement boost in 2019-20 than either of the others (with the window of opportunity in the West open NOW, and possibly only open for a season or two, immediate improvement becomes even more valuable). The downside is that we would have to give up a lot to get him, and he could possibly be just a one year rental (he has a player option for the 2020-21 season). Even if he stayed for that season, he would go off the books just as Gobert and Mitchell would be due for (max) contract extensions, making it nearly impossible to bring in talent to join them in future seasons.

    Because the Conley trade likely has the highest probability of success, my guess is it is the most likely to happen; but if so, it will probably happen today (though it might not get announced until the draft tomorrow).

    Regardless, if the front office improves the team this offseason, I will be very happy. How happy I am about it in future seasons will depend on how it goes down and what comes next.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2019 9:30 a.m.

    Based solely on my preference withing the realm of possibility (i.e., no "sign Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving @ $15M each" nonsense), trading for Mike Conley would be my third option, behind signing D'Angelo Russell (1st option) or signing Tobias Harris and using the MLE to sign a journeyman PG that can shoot better than Rubio (2nd Option).

    The upside of making an offer to DLo or Harris is that either would be a good balance of immediate improvement and long-term improvement, and although we would have to offer either of them a max contract (~$28M in 2019-20), they would be cheaper in the short run than Conley (~$32M in 2019-20). The downside is that they are both RFAs so the Nets or the Bucks could match the offer and we would not only lose DLo/Harris, but also lose valuable time where other potential alternatives would get snatched up by other teams.

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  • Vonsvomit Tooele, UT
    June 19, 2019 8:24 a.m.

    I've said it before. The Jazz trade Rubio and Favors for lack of a better term hanger queen, the player looks good on paper but gets injured the first few games into the season and then rides the injured reserve list the next 2 seasons until traded. And this is what is going to happen if the Jazz trade for this dinosaur out of Memphis. Especially when there are more tempting morsals coming from the Rockets, Warriors, and elsewhere. But rest assured, the Jazz will not go for the younger talent. That means opening the pocket book because no self respecting young NBA player wants to be traded to Utah. Because as the rest of the league knows Utah is where rookies get traded and young players go to have their NBA career ended.

    Utah will never, ever be a champion ship team. The Jazz will not be able to trade Rubio for something better. Because the Jazz us where NBA careers go to die.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    June 19, 2019 8:09 a.m.

    They need a younger PG with whom they can build on for the future. The Jazz are not winning the championship next year. But if they signed a younger PG and PF that puts them in contention in two years, they are much better off.

    Lindsay is too afraid to take chances or go after the best of the best. Kawhi played in SA and now Toronto. Not big markets. Lillard plays in Portland. Utah needs to stop the complaining that stars don't want to play in Utah. Gobert and Mitchell are stars and they love Utah. Utah Jazz hurts themselves with all the self pity.

  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2019 7:52 a.m.

    Jazz waving the white flag on free agency.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    June 19, 2019 7:25 a.m.

    It is lousy how the Lakers who were like a conference kicking dog for the past couple of seasons have leap frogged, Nuggets, Jazz, Trailblazers, and Houston, and they still have funding to buy more.

    Jazz need Conley to clamber up in the western conference. Rubio helped the Jazz immensely, calm things down on the court and he was a great floor general. Conley can shoot a little better, and defend a little better, than Ricky so theoretically the team should improve.

    This is so much better than just having Dennis Lindsay hang out in the building and do nothing last year, I hope Gail Miller asks for his salary back.

    Brook Lopez averaged 12 ppg and got paid $4 mil
    Tyreke Evans averaged 16 ppg and got paid $12 mil
    JaVale McGee averaged 12 ppg and got paid $3 mil

    these players were available and more yet Lindsay chose to do nothing and it showed.

    Warriors are broke but they have some young talent they can’t afford. Hopefully the Jazz land Conley and maybe someone like Looney as well.

    Heads are rolling in Houston and Boston so there might be additional deals to be done.

    Go big Jazz or go home

  • SGU84770 St. George, UT
    June 18, 2019 7:09 p.m.

    Although it is a gamble to rely on Exum staying healthy, I think it is more of a gamble to spend the referenced amount of money on someone of Conley's age. I would take a healthy Exum over a healthy Conley at that price. Pass on Conley and sign Patrick Beverly.

  • Pugman Tremonton, UT
    June 18, 2019 4:07 p.m.

    I don't know about Conley. Imo, I believe he's to old for the money going to be owned him........stay tuned

  • water rocket , 00
    June 18, 2019 4:02 p.m.

    I am not convinced that bringing on a high priced "never been an all star" 31 year old player is really such a good idea. I get it that the Jazz have finally reached a point where they want something sooner, rather than later (so do I), but selling out the future for a short term fix doesn't seem like a good solution to me.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    June 18, 2019 1:47 p.m.

    I would rather see Russel on the team. BUT if we hold out in the hopes of getting him we could really end up hurting ourselves and have yet another off season where nothing meaningful happens. I think we need to push hard for Conley as he would clearly make the team better and has a reasonable chance of happening. Everyone thinks the Lakers are now the favorites in the West, but I won't be at all surprised to see them struggle most of the season. The West is up for grabs and I think we should push hard to get to the WCF this coming season.

  • jumpinjax22 clinton, UT
    June 18, 2019 12:13 p.m.

    While a few posted how the jazz have no plans after telling Rubio they will go in a different direction, this should make you few feel better that the Jazz do have a plan and they are trying. I am old enough to remember the Scott layden, "sometimes the best trade is the one that doesn't happen" days. But these are different times and different people run this or organization now! We need to go for it now! The warriors are hit this year, sounds like the Rockets are imploding, and I don't think anybody should feel like the Jazz can't hang with the Blazers or Nuggets. Sure the Lakers are the wildcard, and that sucks but if the Jazz can make a few good moves, we are right there! Get it done Jazz.