Well, the first relevant trade of the NBA offseason happened today...Kidding Lakers fans put those pitchforks down.
In a reported trade by Adrian Wojnarowski, it looks like the Utah Jazz have found themselves a new weapon in the backcourt.
Memphis has traded guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver and Jae Crowder, the 23rd pick in Thursday's Draft and a future first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
The Jazz will send a protected 2020 first-round pick to the Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN. That pick will convey as a late-lottery pick in 2020 or 2021, or become a lightly-protected pick from 2022-'24. Deal complete on July 6.
Not often do you see an NBA trade go down that is a match made in heaven for both the player and the team. Lakers fans I know, we get it...calm down. Conley is one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA today and this Utah Jazz team desperately needed to add some firepower to their roster this offseason. As "serviceable" as veteran Ricky Rubio was for the Jazz over the last two years, swapping Rubio out for Mike Conley is like trading in a Honda Civic for a Ferrari.
Conley now joins a stacked Utah Jazz roster that should mesh perfectly with his talents. Yes, Jazz fans you should be overjoyed with excitement right now. Donovan Mitchel should be a possessed monster this upcoming year after a disappointing series in the NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets. Rudy Gobert is going to be looking to have a career year with a potential Supermax contract on the horizon and Mike Conley might have just gotten two years younger with overall excitement.
The Jazz have a reputation around the league as a tough team and they just got a lot tougher with Mike Conley running the show.