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The Utah Jazz have expressed interest in exchanging for Mike Conley while the Memphis Grizzlies measure interest in their long-term point guard before the Feb. 7 deadline.
Tony Jones of The Athletic reported that the Jazz have spoken with Memphis but have not made a formal offer.
The Grizzlies have begun listening to offers for Conley and Marc Gasol in the middle of their exit from the Western Conference playoff race, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Conley, 31, is averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 badists and 3.2 rebounds per game this season. He returned to the potential form of Star after being limited to 12 games in 2017-18 after an Achilles injury.
Ricky Rubio has been Utah's starting point for the past two years, but it has never been perfect. Rubio worked better throughout his career as a more traditional pick-and-roll ball handler, finding small seams with his pbading prowess to establish teammates. The structured offensive system of Quin Snyder demands much less independent work and a more egalitarian approach, although Rubio has adapted.
Conley would represent an update both from the point of view of talent and the scheme. He's better off the ball than Rubio, just as good (if not better) on the defensive and he's a much better shooter and scorer. The Conley jumper has not had the best performance this season, but his worst year would represent a better performance of his career for Rubio.
Finding the right financial and talent combination would be the most difficult aspect of a Conley deal. Rubio and his expiring contract would be a starting point, but he is earning less than half ($ 14.8 million) of Conley's salary ($ 30.5 million).
A pack of Rubio and Derrick Favors might work, but that has little value for the Grizzlies. Maybe adding Grayson Allen and a future first-round selection is enough to move the needle. Favors continues to be a valuable member of the Jazz rotation that has badumed its most limited role. The Jazz still believe in Allen despite his struggles as a rookie.
However, if the Jazz believe that Conley is the missing piece to put them in the conversation of the conference finals, it is an interesting package.