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Report: Jazz will make ‘every attempt’ to re-sign Mike Conley

Jazz guard Mike Conley

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 18: Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz looks on before the game against the LA Clippers during Round 2, Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 18, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Jazz project to be slightly over the luxury-tax line next season.

And that’s without re-signing Mike Conley.

Tony Jones of The Athletic:

Sources tell The Athletic that Utah wants Conley back and will make every attempt to keep the All-Star in a Jazz uniform once free agency opens.

Conley’s max contract projects to be worth about $228 million over five years.

Utah doesn’t necessarily need to offer that to open free agency. But the Jazz at least have that available if Conley has other appealing offers. It’s hard to imagine Conley turning down that much money to leave.

Of course, Conley isn’t worth nearly that much in a vacuum. Though still a good player, he’s 33, a small guard and has already had health issues.

But Utah’s window is open around Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. If Conley leaves, the Jazz would have only the mid-level exception to replace him. That’s not landing a comparable player.

Sometimes, it’s not about getting the most value per dollar. Especially for a contender like Utah, the priority should be getting the best players.

That can be expensive. If Jazz owner Ryan Smith is willing to pay deep into the luxury tax, more power to him. He’d be giving his team a better chance of winning.

But he still must prove it through more than just media leaks.