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#pounditFriday, August 12, 2022

Report: Grizzlies, Jazz discussing Mike Conley-Ricky Rubio trade

The Memphis Grizzlies are open to trading franchise stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley as they prepare for a full-scale rebuild, and they have reportedly had discussions about the latter with at least one team.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Grizzlies have had talks with the Utah Jazz about a possible trade that would see Conley and fellow point guard Ricky Rubio swap teams.

However, Stein notes that Conley’s contract could make a deal difficult, as he is owed $66 million over the next two seasons and Rubio only has $15 million remaining on his expiring contract.

Conley, who appeared in just 12 games last season before undergoing heel surgery, is having a good year and looks healthy. He is averaging 20.2 points per game, which is just shy of his career high of 20.5 two seasons ago. Rubio is averaging 12.8 points and 6.1 assists per game, and Conley would be an upgrade for a Jazz team that is 29-23 and in position to make the playoffs.

Both Conley and Gasol have made their feelings clear about the current state of the Grizzlies, and it makes sense for the team to explore trade options. Memphis is currently 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 20-32 after winning just 22 games and missing the playoffs last season.


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