Mike Conley is set to be an unrestricted free agent this off-season. This marks the end of a successful two-year tenure with the Jazz. The Athletic is reporting that the Jazz are set on getting Mike Conley to return to Utah.
This will be a tall task for the Jazz as they are already a luxury tax team. This means owners will have to spend some serious cash to make a Mike Conley deal possible. If the owners see a path to a championship as realistic with a similar roster to this year, they would likely be willing to spend the money. But if they don’t, perhaps the team will have to go in a different direction.
For much of the regular season this year, the Jazz looked like the best team in basketball. They finished with the best record in the league and breezed through the first round. Unfortunately, once they reached the second round, they were dealing with numerous injury issues. Mike Conley missed nearly all of that series, and Donovan Mitchell was playing through an ankle injury. They ended up losing that series in 6 games.
It’s not too hard to see a world where the Jazz are in the finals right now. It’s very reasonable to think that if Mitchell and Conley were 100%, they could’ve beaten the Clippers. Moving forward, the Suns would’ve been a very even matchup for this team. For that reason, it makes sense that the Jazz want Conley to return. They want to run it back and hope everybody can stay healthy.
Conley was vital to the Jazz this year. He averaged 16 points and 6 assists a game. He provided Gobert with an elite pick-and-roll guard, which was an integral part of their offense. If the Jazz can bring Conley back, expect another great season from them next year.