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Utah PG Mike Conley expects to leave the bubble in late August for the birth of his third child.
“I’m gonna be in a bubble, but yet if I leave to go see my baby born, I’m gonna be quarantined on the way back in, and possibly have to miss a game or whatever the situation is that we’ll currently be in,” said Conley. “There’s just a lot of things that go into play.” Conley went on to say how supportive of his basketball career his wife is, and that both are confident in the set-up and the ability to leave and re-enter the bubble for a beautiful life moment such as the birth of a child. Other players such as Gordon Hayward have also expressed their desires to exit the bubble at some point during the playoffs due to the birth of a child. Conley has averaged just 13.8 points and 4.3 assists in 29 minutes per game this season, the least amount of points he’s averaged since the 2011 season with the Grizzlies. Utah finds themselves in the 4th-seed of the Western Conference standings at the moment, and will likely finish somewhere between 3-6 in the standings heading into the playoffs.
Mike Conley expressed no concerns over his past injuries, commenting that he felt very comfortable and that he had several resources on hand, which helped him prepare as best as he could.
Conley has been significantly hindered by injuries this season, preventing him from getting into a steady rhythm. As the Jazz gear up and prepare for the NBA re-start, he finds himself in a critical position as he is an essential piece of the Jazz’s starting rotation. This season Conley has played in 40 contests and has averaged 28.6 minutes of playing time, 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and .8 steals per game. As the floor general, Conley will need to get back to form and show up big for his team. He is the point guard of a good Jazz team and is certainly in play as a value-add for your fantasy squad.
Utah Jazz beat writer Tony Jones took questions from Jazz fans on Friday morning and when asked about Conley's future, Jones commented "There’s almost zero chance of the Jazz moving on from Conley. First, they don’t want to. Second, even if they did, it would be exceptionally difficult to do so given his contract."
Conley was hampered by hamstring issues early on in the season and really didn't find his groove until after the All-Star break. Conley was making an impact for the Jazz right before the pandemic hit, putting up his best numbers on the season averaging 16.4 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 32 minutes per game over the month of March. The Jazz will finish out the regular season without sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic and will likely need others to step up (like Conley) on the offensive end in his absence. Conley is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2021 season so it's unlikely the Jazz will be able to find suitors for the 32 year old who is owed a hefty $34M next season. From a fantasy perspective, Conley's best days are behind him but he can still be counted on as a decent source for assists, steals, and three-pointers.
Mike Conley recorded 13 points (4-12 FG. 3-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, and one steal over 34 minutes in Monday's 101-92 loss to the Raptors.
Conley's inability to stay healthy early in the season severely hampered his upside, but the 13th-year vet has found his groove in Utah and has put up solid numbers since the start of February. Since that time he is averaging 16.5 points, 4.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.9 steals over 13 games. Coming off his career-beast season in scoring (21.1 points per game), Conley will struggle to put up that type of point total in Utah, sharing roles with Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson, but it's good to see that the veteran guard has been able to find some consistency in a new environment after 12 years in Memphis.
Mike Conley racked up 25 points (9-16 FG, 6-10 3PT, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 34 minutes of play Friday night.
Friday marked Conley's first 20-point performance since early February. He continues to see big minutes as the starting point guard in Utah and should be owned in all formats.