PHEW. Tony Jones of The Athletic is reporting that the
nightmarish hellscape settling scenario of our worst dreams possibility of Kyle Lowry to Utah is not gaining traction with anyone.
As of now, there is no traction on a potential Kyle Lowry to Utah trade, league sources tell The Athletic. Jazz are focused on Mike Conley— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) February 6, 2019
This Trade Deadline is going to be the death of us all.
Mike Conley and his
dad agent don’t want to stay in the Western Conference if he is traded. It appears Conley has a preference to head East according to Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein.
Have heard the same as Windy: There is reluctance on Conley's part to go to Utah. That said ... this is not the first time that the Jazz have heard that. Conley is owed $66 million over the next two seasons. If Utah and Memphis came to terms, Conley would have to go ... https://t.co/g4OVNcRkQ1— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 6, 2019
While that may not seem like a big deal, evidently it’s enough for Memphis to bring in Toronto and see if they want to make a three team trade a do a point guard swap.
Brian Windhorst on the jump:— Koby Palimaka (@PalimakaKoby) February 6, 2019
“Conley’s agent has made it clear he doesn’t want to go to Utah. Conley wants to go to the East. Detroit and Toronto are in discussions, and Lowry could go to Utah”
While Utah was rumored during the summer of Gordon Hayward to be interested in Kyle Lowry, that was almost two years ago. They may still have interest, but Lowry is two years older at 32 years old while fighting back problems. The Utah Jazz are no strangers to players not wanting to play in Utah—cough, cough, screw you Rony Seikaly, cough, cough—the Jazz don’t want to royally screw over their good locker room and chemistry with someone who really doesn’t want to be there.
But as Tony Jones is reporting. What Conley wants in this comes second to what Memphis gets back in any trade, so maybe this all doesn’t matter anyway.
For those asking: I’m not commenting on Conley’s desire to play in Utah because I haven’t heard one way or the other and truthfully it doesn’t matter anyway. If the jazz and Memphis make a deal, they make a deal— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) February 6, 2019