Mike Conley traded to Boston Celtics in unnecessary mock trade

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In the midst of a brilliant NBA Finals run the Boston Celtics are still being linked to mock trades, presumably because some may feel they still lack the necessary firepower to bring home Banner 18.

Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reeled in the Cs to a mock swap proposal involving his Utah Jazz, and the hypothetical deal would bring Boston back a 34-year-old point guard in Mike Conley that is still owed over $68 million over the next two years.

Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens wouldn’t give it a second of thought considering how far his team has come this season after handing the keys of the offense to Marcus Smart, but you can’t fault Jazz fans for trying anything to update a roster that hasn’t proven capable of escaping the second round of the Western Conference postseason.

Here is Walden’s proposal:

Why the Boston Celtics say no

This deal is one that may have garnered significant thought had White not proven to be the most perfect sixth-man fit the Cs could have ever asked for and had Marcus Smart proven incapable of manning the floor general position within Boston’s offense.

As it turned out, Stevens’ trade deadline performance may have been the cherry on top following a busy offseason last summer, his first in charge of the Celtics in a front office capacity.

At this point, adding a high-priced asset like Conley has the chance to do more harm than good. His presence would force Ime Udoka to reconsider his starting five, which he shouldn’t, and may push Payton Pritchard down the depth chart as well.

Conley could be someone to consider on the buyout market down the road should he hit the open market ahead of his contract’s expiration. The ship has sailed regarding a trade for the veteran point guard.

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