The Memphis Grizzlies moved on from a franchise icon on Wednesday when they traded point guard Mike Conley Jr. to Utah Jazz after spending the first twelve seasons of career by the Mississippi River.
Conley spent over a decade with the Grizzlies, establishing himself as one of the young franchise’s most iconic figures. He was drafted with the 4th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft out of Ohio State and immediately helped to turn around the stagnant franchise.
The 6’1″ point guard immediately became a starter and rewarded Memphis for its confidence in him. Conley averaged 14.9 points per game, 5.7 assists per game, and 3 rebounds per game in his 12 seasons in Memphis. He has been known as a defensive stopper throughout his professional career, accumulating 1.5 steals per game over his tenure with the Grizz.
The team made the playoffs seven times during Conley’s 12 years with the team.
Conley had arguably his best season in 2018-19, averaging 21.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Utah Jazz will add Conley to a young, talented roster, and many believe that his defense, point guard know-how, and experience will help Utah to become a contender for the NBA title next season. Utah finished 50-32 last season, good for 5th in the West.
They did, however, have to give up Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, and the 23rd pick in this year’s draft in order to acquire the star.
Now, Memphis will look to continue rebuilding with their new assets, while Utah will try to compete for the crown next year with a shiny new star running the show.