At one time, Mike Conley held the wealthiest contract in NBA history. He signed a five-year, $153 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies back in 2016. Here in 2021, Conley is in the final year of that deal and is earning $34 million from the Utah Jazz. He will reach unrestricted free agency at the end of the year and there will be plenty of interested teams.
Conley is proving that he can still play the game at a high level. He has played in 44 games this season for first place Utah and is averaging 16.5 points per game. Conley can score from beyond the arc or in the mid-range. He is shooting 45.1% from the field and 41.6% from three-point range.
The Jazz have climbed to the top of the Western Conference but it is possible that they will not re-sign Conley, especially after giving Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert long-term contract extensions.
This means Conley will most likely be on a new team next season. He has already made his money and will not require the bag that he was given in 2016. This puts immediate interest on his name but his play takes it to another level.
Mike Conley has shown that he can still be a starting point guard in this league but would also benefit a team looking to win now. He is a veteran option with plenty of experience in the postseason. This would go a long way for many teams.
When the offseason comes around and free agency opens, Conley will be taking calls from many teams. Here are three that could really try to get him on the open market.