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Mike Conley Returns to Jazz on Reported 3-Year, $68M Contract in Free Agency

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2021

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley is pressured by the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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The Utah Jazz and guard Mike Conley agreed to a 3-year, $68 million contract Friday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Conley confirmed he will return to the Jazz in a post on his Twitter account:  

Mike Conley @MCONLEY10

Blessed to continue this journey with the @utahjazz!!!!! #takenote #nowaybutup https://t.co/6dvKDs66pN

The 33-year-old spent the last two seasons in Utah after playing his first 12 with the Memphis Grizzlies. Long viewed as perhaps the greatest player to never make an All-Star team, he finally got over the hump in 2020-21 as part of a Jazz team that captured the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

"When he got the call, you could see it," teammate Donovan Mitchell said. "That was one of the few times you could see it. He was relieved and happy. You could tell it was on his mind. We're all happy and excited for him to be here. For him to make it, he definitely deserved it. He deserved it many years before. But for him to make it this year, we're all elated."

Conley averaged 16.2 points and 6.0 assists during the regular season, shooting a career-high 41.2 percent from three-point range.

It seemed almost inevitable that the Ohio State alum would return to the Jazz. Utah has built a championship-level contender with a roster full of star-but-not-superstar talent, which was both a product of smart drafting and the team recognizing it's not a premier market. 

“Obviously I can’t speak, look into the future what exactly will happen,” Conley said of a potential return. “It’s actually like my first time being a real free agent, so it’ll be interesting, but I did love it here and we’ll see what happens.”

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Conley fits in seamlessly with what the Jazz do on both ends of the floor and has the type of game that should age well as he enters his mid-30s.

With the Jazz almost certainly looking to fortify their roster rather than tearing it down, he was a necessary re-signing as they look to compete for a championship. 

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