And just like that, it’s over.
The Memphis Grizzlies have traded Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, Utah’s #23 overall pick in tomorrow night’s NBA Draft, and a protected 2020 1st round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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
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. https://t.co/UY47lnIOWU— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019
The Memphis Grizzlies officially close the book on the Grit and Grind Era with this trade, and to be honest have gotten a pretty decent haul. Kyle Korver’s contract is only guaranteed for roughly $3.4 million according to Spotrac.com, and Jae Crowder’s deal should easily be flipped for additional draft capital - like a 2nd rounder or two - to a contender. Don’t be surprised if neither of those players ever actually play for the Grizzlies. Grayson Allen had a down rookie campaign, but he is still a terrific three point shooter and could fit nicely alongside Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. as a new, young core for Memphis emerges.
The draft pick in this draft will almost surely be spent on a shooter. Beyond that, another draft pick in the tool belt of this franchise is valuable, especially since they have the first rounder that still needs to be sent to Boston hanging over their heads.
The Grizzlies say goodbye to Mike Conley, their all-time leading scorer and conductor, in this deal. That smarts. But now, Mike goes to a Utah team in line to be a western conference contender and Memphis got back ample compensation for moving on in to the next season of Memphis basketball.
Goodbye, Mike, and hello a brave, new world.
11:50 AM UPDATE: Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian has the exact pick protections on the 2020 1st rounder-
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
It will almost certainly convey in 2022...which could very well potentially be when the one and done rule is abolished and the draft is loaded. Excellent work by the new Grizzlies front office on that part of the deal.