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The buzz around the availability of Mike Conley is intensifying, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
He reports the Memphis Grizzlies are pushing discussions to move their longtime point guard, with the Utah Jazz continuing to be the frontrunner.
If Memphis opts to move the veteran during draft week, Utah would be the most likely landing spot for Conley, according to Charania.
Rumor had the Jazz in hot pursuit of Conley before the Feb. 7 trade deadline this season and Conley denied reports that he would not want to play for Utah should the Jazz be able to trade for the available veteran.
“I’ll play anywhere,” Conley told reporters.
Conley, 31, averaged a career-high 21.1 points along with 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes in 70 games this season, shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 84.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder was the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Ohio State by the Grizzlies.
By playing in 55 or more games this season, Conley’s $34.5 million contract for the 2020-21 season became fully guaranteed. He will earn $32.5 million next season.