Mike Conley and Utah Jazz are back together in the news. Given the opportunity and the questions we received, The Salt Lake Tribune thought we would explain how a Conley deal could work. It was a bit easier at the close, but the schedule for the NBA off-season would make things a little more complicated now.
In short, because the jazz are. Over the weekend, The Tribune reported that "trade negotiations with the Memphis Grizzlies on point guard Mike Conley are likely to pick up again …" and it seems they did just that.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, "The Grizzlies intensify the talks to potentially shift the cornerstone of the franchise Mike Conley Jr. Memphis was in talks with the Jazz and Utah is a frontrunner in the acquisition of Conley in the event of the Grizzlies According to sources from the league, Tony Jones said the talks are "very serious", but jazz star Derrick Favors is not currently involved in the team's discussions on Monday .
The two teams failed to reach an agreement In February, jazz still likes Conley and what he would bring to the team: scoring, shooting and tough defense.
They want to continue their rebuilding for the Grizzlies will almost certainly draw Murray Sta The point guard Yes Morant has chosen the number 2, and it makes sense to give him minutes immediately instead of si It is still up to a veteran who may not be part of the next good Memphis team.
The Main Reason Speaks Now happens that the number 23 of jazz would be a big part of any trade offer for Conley. Other draft assets could also be included in the trade, obviously an important topic of negotiation between jazz and the Grizzlies. The most complicated question, however, is what else would jazz contain.
The NBA salary cap system means that jazz has two mechanisms with which to acquire Conley: By including at least 80% of Conley's salary in the package he offers, send him to Memphis or send him to space bring that they would open for this purpose.
Already in February, talks about Ricky Rubio turned out to be the key piece of the deal, but Rubio can no longer be traded because he is a man impending freelance agent. Obviously, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are off the table.
Option # 1 – Appropriate Salary
Conley's salary is $ 30,521,116 for the 2018-19 season and $ 32,511,624 for the 2019-20 season. If the jazz is swapped for him before July 1, they will need to exchange at least $ 24.34 million for the deal to work. If you trade for him after July 1, you must negotiate at least $ 25.93 million. Here's the current salary structure of Jazz for players under contract for next season:
|Rudy Gobert||$ 23,241,573||$ 16,958,427|
|Derrick Favors  $ 16.9 million||$ 16.9 million|
|Joe Ingles||$ 13,045,455||$ 11,954,546  Dante Exum [19659016[196500000||$ 96500,000 [19659016 $ 7,500,000|
|Jae Crowder||$ 7,305,825||$ 7,815,533|
|Donovan Mitchell [19659016$3111480||$ 3,635,760 [196590162150Raul6|
|Grayson Allen||$ 2,074,320||$ 2,429,400|
|Tony Bradley||$ 1,679,520  $ 1,962,360  Georges Niang||Royce O'Neale||$ 1,378,242||$ 1,618,520|
There are o But you do not have to wonder: See You how much the salary for Favors, Kyle Korver, Raul Neto, Georges Niang, and Royce O'Neale in Red? This means that their contracts are not guaranteed for the next season. Under the NBA rules, only the guaranteed contract amounts are considered outgoing. Until they are guaranteed, they count as a $ 0 salary (with the exception of Kyle Korver, who is guaranteed $ 3.44 million no matter what happens). So if Jazz wants to use these players, they must first guarantee their contracts.
How do you get that $ 24.3 to $ 25.9 million going out? If you want, you can get a calculator out and see how you can complete the deal. Including a guaranteed favors or ingles into the deal makes the arithmetic much easier. Favors plus Dante Exum work fine, but favors plus Jae Crowder fail – you need to add a smaller money player like Tony Bradley. Ingles plus Exum plus one of Neto or Grayson Allen works if you complete the deal before July 1, but not afterwards.
Without the favors or Ingles included in the deal, Memphis would have at least Exum, a guaranteed Korver, and Powder. If the deal is completed after July 1, they'll need to add an extra small salary, like Bradley's. Would jazz make a four-for-one deal? How would you complete the roster? This way is possible.
Option # 2 – Take Conley Into the Cap
Or the jazz could complete the deal by waiting until after July 1st and opening cap space, and then go in for Conley traded the space they have under the cap. As The Tribune reported in April, the approximate upper limits for jazz are listed under the following scenarios:
Without rubio: $ 13.8 million
Without rubio and favors: $ 31.4 million  Excluding Rubio, Favors, and Korver: $ 34.5 million
Excluding Rubio, Favors, Korver and Neto: $ 36.7 million
I also note that an extension of Korvers contract Over three years – a relatively obscure elective in the CBA – only $ 1.15 million would mean his contract would be capped at 2019-20 instead of $ 3.44 million if he waived it, or 7.5 Millions of dollars if they keep him.
Jazz could renounce Rubio's rights, renounce favors and corverbs and have enough to acquire Conley. Only choice, nothing else. Or they can deal with the pay ballast of some players to make up for the difference.
For example, jazz could use the $ 13.8 million in cap-space by losing only rubio and then handling another $ 20. About $ 1 million in salary to make room for Conley. Or they can forgo other players to get more cap space and then have to trade even less.
This could be a way to get favors and maybe even exum. Here's a way that makes it possible: Jazz could forgo Neto, forgo and stretch Korver, then trade Crowder, Allen, and number 23 for Conley. It fits – just yet. Such a deal would also give Memphis a tip, a young player and an advantage in Crowder that they can either play or later pass on to a competing team.
Under option no. 1 or option no. 2 won the jazz. & # 39; You do not have enough salary to buy another freelancer or a large salary. If Jazz receives Conley, it means Kemba Walker, Tobias Harris, D'Angelo Russell, and so forth are not available to him.
In both scenarios, jazz has a mid-level exception and one exception every two years. The semi-annual exemption is approximately $ 3.6 million and can be applied every two years.
However, if they opt for option 1, the average available exemption is much larger. The upper limit for MLE is about $ 9.2 million, and jazz could probably find a pretty decent role-player with this change. If you use option # 2 and bring Conley below the belt, the MLE price for the room is only $ 4.7 million. That brings a banker.
In both cases they could also oblige players to pay the minimum wage.
This is certainly a possibility. Such a deal would guarantee that jazz can make a high-quality acquisition this low season without a well-known free agent coming to Utah. While Jazz is confident of being among the top contenders for Tobias Harris and D & # 39; Angelo Russell, there is no certainty that they would choose jazz.
When a Conley trade is established, it is likely to be agreed, in principle, in the days leading up to Thursday's draft, which would allow Memphis to rank its favorite player in 23rd place. However, it is likely – though not 100% sure – that the deal will be officially finalized later, meaning that the No. 23 pick would wear a jazz hat on Draft Day. However, we would spare them the interviews.