Reports: Mike Conley likely to re-sign with Jazz, who are offering $75M over three years
Jazz guard Mike Conley’s tone changed over the last several months, as he approaches unrestricted free agency.
Conley in February, via Tony Jones of The Athletic:
Conley in June, via Ryan Miller of KSL.com:
Though his later comments didn’t convey nearly as much confidence about staying in Utah, which definitely wants to keep him, Conley now appears more likely to re-sign.
I wonder whether this was one of those negotiations that played out before free agency officially begins.
That’d put the Jazz about $14 million into the luxury tax, which would correspond to a near-$27 million tax payment.
But the Jazz’s window is open around Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. That’s why keeping Conley is such a priority. If Conley leaves, capped-out Utah would have no suitable way to replace him (only the mid-level exception).
Bogdanovic and Ingles are also helpful, albeit expensive, contributors. Keeping all three rather than dumping more salary is the Jazz’s best path to winning.
It’ll cost, though.