The Utah Jazz reached their main goal of the season by reaching an agreement with point guard Mike Conley Jr. to re-sign with the team for three years and $ 72.5 million, agents Steve Heumann and Jess Holts told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. .
Conley announced on social networks his official return with Jazz.
“Blessed to continue this adventure with @utahjazz !!!! #takenote #nowaybutup, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Conley’s contract, combined with five-year extensions for Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and worth $ 368 million together, puts the Jazz on the brink of the luxury tax.
It’s a price new owner Ryan Smith is willing to pay to keep the Jazz window open to contest next season, although last week’s trade that sent center Derrick Favors and a future collegiate pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a Second-round futures and cash were primarily driven by economic factors.
Conley eventually made it to the All-Star Game last season after 14 NBA seasons and shining in his second year with the Jazz. He averaged 16.2 points and 6.0 assists per game with a career-high .552 shooting percentage from the field with a team that had the best record on the regular schedule.
Either way, the 33-year-old Conley’s two seasons in Utah have been affected by straining or stiffness problems in both thighs that caused him to miss several periods of time, which also forced Conley to be out of action for the first five games of the semifinals in the West, which Utah lost to the LA Clippers in six games.
Conley spent his first 12 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies after the franchise drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft.
The five-year, $ 153 million deal he signed with Memphis in 2016 was briefly the largest contract in NBA history.