If Kyrie Irving leaves the Boston Celtics in free agency, Mike Conley won't be replacing him.
The Memphis Grizzlies have traded their veteran point guard to the Utah Jazz for a haul that includes former Celtics forward Jae Crowder, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday. The Athletic's Shams Charania was the first to report the pending deal.
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.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019
Per league source, the 2020 pick the Grizzlies are getting in Conley trade has the following protections:— Chris Herrington (@HerringtonNBA) June 19, 2019
2020 1-7, 15-30 (conveys 8-14)
2021 - same as above
2022 - 1-6
2024 - 1
2025 - converts to two seconds
The deal will become official July 6 after free agency begins, per Wojnarowski.
Conley, who's set to make $32.5 million next season, reportedly was on the Celtics' radar as they prepare for life without Irving. Instead, the 31-year-old is heading to Utah, which likely means Ricky Rubio will depart in unrestricted free agency.
The Grizzlies appear to be in full rebuilding mode after dealing the face of their franchise. That's good news for Boston, which owns Memphis' 2020 first-round pick that could convert to an unprotected first-rounder in 2021 if the Grizzles' 2020 pick lands in the top six.
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