Utah Jazz Introduce Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic

Jul 8, 2019, 12:59 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Utah Jazz have formally introduced point guard Mike Conley Jr. and forward Bojan Bogdanovic as the newest members of the organization.

Utah acquired Conley on July 6 from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen and two first round picks.

The Jazz signed free agent Bogdanovic to a four-year deal, reportedly worth $73 million.

“This was a plan that was highly thought of,” Lindsey said. “To make the trade for Mike first really opened the door for Bojan.”

Conley Prepared Himself After Trade Rumors In February

Back in February at the trade deadline, their were a lot of rumors surrounding the Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies about Mike Conley getting dealt to Utah, but a deal was never reached. Conley heard the rumors and prepared himself even when a deal didn’t happen.

“It got me prepared for the opportunity,” Conley said. “I didn’t know if it was going to happen in February, when it didn’t, I was preparing for it because I knew things would pick up again in the off-season. It didn’t work out in February but I am glad that I am here now. My family is in Salt Lake City now and we are very excited.”

Conley finished the 2018-19 season averaging a career-high 21.1 points, along with 6.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

The 12-year NBA veteran will wear No. 10 for the Jazz.

Conley earned his third NBA Sportsmanship Award at the NBA Awards show on June 24, previously winning the award in 2014 and 2016.

He spent his entire career with the Grizzlies after getting selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

After a tough season in Memphis as they did not reach the Playoffs, Conley is happy to be on a team that is expected to reach the postseason.

It’s a breath of fresh air and a shot in the arm,” he said.

When the trade was reported back on June 19, it only took less than a week for the veteran point guard to reach out to his future backcourt teammate Donovan Mitchell and start working out. Conley feels that Mitchell has an extremely bright future in the NBA.

“I am really impressed with how mature he is,” Conley mentioned. “He is the face of the franchise but he is willing to learn and to get better. He is definitely more athletic than me. You don’t find that a lot in young guys. He is going to be really good in this league.”

Bogdanovic Was Hoping For Call From Jazz

When free agency began, it was reported that Bogdanovic was a target for the Jazz. Less than one hour after teams were allowed to talk to free agents on June 30, the Jazz and Bogdanovic agreed to terms.

“When I got a call from the Jazz and saw their roster, it’s a great group of guys and it made me so excited,” Bogdanovic said. “I was so happy when they called and am excited to play for this organization.”

Bogdanovic is one of only eight players to hit over 150 three-pointers on better than 42 percent from beyond the arc last season.

Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik pointed out that what stood out to him last season with Bogdanovic was when he carried the Indiana Pacers after their star guard Victor Oladipo suffered a season-ending injury.

Entering his sixth NBA season, Bogdanović has played for the Brooklyn Nets from 2014-17, Washington Wizards in 2017 and the Indiana Pacers from 2017-19 with career averages of 13.3 points on 46.3 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from downtown, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 27.8 minutes per contest.

Bogdanovic has spoken to Jazz head coach Quin Snyder since signing his deal and they are both very excited for the future.

“The Jazz have been one of the best teams offensively and defensively, Coach is excited like we are. It’s going to be really fun for all of us,” Bogdanovic said.

He will wear No. 44 for the Jazz.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

KSL Sports

(KSL TV)...

Police report: No evidence that fan banned by BYU used a racial slur

A BYU police officer said he reviewed video surveillance of the volleyball game against BYU and Duke University and does not see evidence that the fan who was banned by BYU that night was the person making the derogatory comments, according to a police report obtained by KSL TV.
25 days ago
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: A sign designating a Vaccinated Fan Section is see before the game bet...
TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer

Unvaccinated NBA players, staff must test weekly for COVID

Unvaccinated NBA players and team personnel must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing this season.
27 days ago
Andrew Adams, KSL TV

Fans, writers weigh in on Jazz future after early playoff exit

The morning after the Utah Jazz got bounced from the playoffs was not a pretty one. Fans and NBA writers alike offered their takes on the future of the franchise, with many pointing to tough choices and the potential for significant offseason changes.
5 months ago
Reese Witherspoon attends the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February ...
The Associated Press

Reese Witherspoon becomes part-owner of Nashville MLS team

Actor Reese Witherspoon and Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry have joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Nashville team ahead of Sunday's opening of Geodis Park, its 30,000-seat stadium.
5 months ago
Brittney Griner, who plays for Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg during the WNBA offseason, was ...
Steve Almasy and Kikue Higuchi, CNN

WNBA commissioner voices support for Brittney Griner

Ahead of Monday's WNBA draft, commissioner Cathy Engelbert reaffirmed the league's commitment to helping bring Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner — who has been detained in Russia since mid-February — back home.
6 months ago
(C) Head coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts during the national championship ...
DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer

Staley leads South Carolina over UConn for second NCAA title

Dawn Staley and South Carolina buttoned up on defense and won their second national championship, stifling UConn for a 64-49 victory that ended the Huskies’ undefeated streak in title games.
6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
Utah Jazz Introduce Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic