Mike Conley didn’t have much of an impact on jazz this postseason due to an injury. Yet Utah sees no other than their starting point for the watch.
The Athletic’s Tony Jones reported Monday that Utah wants Conley back and will do everything possible to re-sign him. Jones notes that Conley, who is an unreserved free agent, cannot be effectively replaced. The Jazz are a luxury tax team and can only go over the salary cap to re-sign their own players.
Conley formed the first all-star team of his career that season averaging 16.0 points and 6.2 assists per game at a career high of 41.2 three-point percentages. But Conley turns 34 early next season and costs the Jazz with his unavailability in the playoffs due to a hamstring injury. Conley missed five games during Utah’s second round streak against the LA Clippers and was ineffective on his return during the Game 6 loss that ended his season.
The Jazz finished with the best record in the NBA during the regular season, but that’s no consolation given their playoff disappointment. Utah also faces the future of franchise star Donovan Mitchell. Your emphasis on keeping Conley could be a signal to Mitchell that they will do whatever they can to stay competitive in the near future.