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Grizzles to retire Conley’s No. 11

Field Level Media

July 06, 2019 at 10:52 pm.

The Memphis Grizzlies will retire No. 11 in honor of guard Mike Conley, who officially was traded Saturday to the Utah Jazz.

“Mike Conley represented the Grizzlies and the City of Memphis with true heart and class during his 12 seasons,” owner Robert J. Pera said in a prepared statement. “His talent, determination and resilience elevated our team to a perennial playoff contender, and his altruism and sportsmanship helped shape the community focused nature of our franchise. For his innumerable contributions on the court and in our community, Mike will always be a beloved Memphian. We are proud that Mike’s #11 jersey will one day be raised to the rafters in FedExForum.”

News of the planned trade emerged June 19, and the Grizzlies announced its completion on Saturday.

In exchange for Conley, the Grizzlies acquired guards Grayson Allen and Kyle Korver, forward Jae Crowder and a future protected first-round draft pick from Utah. They also acquired the draft rights to Darius Bazley, the 23rd overall selection in the 2019 NBA Draft, who is set to be sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the deal.

Conley was a rumored target of Utah near the trade deadline, but he stayed put while longtime teammate Marc Gasol — who played 11 seasons in Memphis — was dealt to the Toronto Raptors, whom he helped win an NBA championship. Conley is the franchise’s all-time leader in games (788), points (11,733), assists (4,509) and steals (1,161) while ranked second behind Gasol in a number of other categories.

Conley addressed the trade on his Twitter account last month.

“What more can I say about my city! You guys made me the man I am today! Memphis is home. Always! ..Time for another chapter! Excited to give all I have to The Jazz and Salt Lake City!”

The 31-year-old returned from an injury-plagued 2017-18 campaign to play in 70 games last season, averaging a career-high 21.1 points along with 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. He is under contract for $32.5 million in 2019-20 and $34.5 million in 2020-21, though he has an early termination option he could exercise next summer.