Jazz’s Conley set to battle Morant in Memphis return

Mike Conley never wanted to leave the Memphis Grizzlies, but the franchise’s decision to rebuild made it clear a trade would be best for both sides.

He will go head-to-head with his replacement when he returns to Memphis for the first time as a member of the Utah Jazz. Conley’s matchup with impressive rookie Ja Morant will be the focal point of Friday’s game, when the Jazz and Grizzlies square off in a highly anticipated contest.

The 32-year-old Conley spent 12 seasons with Memphis and is the franchise leader in games played (788), points (11,733) and assists (4,509).

He was the fourth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft and was the heart-and-soul of the team’s “Grit and Grind” era that included Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.

Conley was traded in a package for forward Jae Crowder, guard Grayson Allen, since-departed swingman Kyle Korver and…

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