Potential trade targets with CAA connections: Mike Conley
Mike Conley’s first season with the Utah Jazz hasn’t been too jazzy (pardon the pun). Injuries and a lack of production have hampered Conley’s season so far. However, the veteran point guard still offers leadership on the court. Barring some unforeseen circumstances, Conley should pick up his $34.5 million player option for the 2020-21 season.
Heading into next year, the Utah Jazz are teetering above the salary cap including Conley’s option. The Jazz are a playoff contending squad and only need to make complementary reinforcements to their roster to improve their title odds. The Jazz might be better off trading Conley, if possible, to free up cap space.
The Knicks could be the perfect suitor for Conley. The Knicks can outright acquire Conley into their cap space, assuming the team waives most of their non-guaranteed contracts. The Knicks can send away some of their cheaper alternatives, including Dennis Smith Jr., Reggie Bullock, Wayne Ellington, or anyone else the Jazz desires. If the Knicks can attain Conley and some 2nd round picks, that’s more than a fair deal.
Conley could be the perfect veteran presence for the Knicks future point guard coming out of the 2020 NBA Draft. Someone like LaMelo Ball can certainly learn a lot from Conley. The veteran can also stabilize the bench unit, further expediting the development of the kids on the team.