Veteran G Mike Conley has been removed from the Utah Jazz’s starting lineup. He will apparently be replaced on the court by third-year player Royce O’Neale.
The Athletic’s Tony Jones reported a source told him and Shams Charania about the benching on Wednesday afternoon.
BREAKING: The Utah Jazz will start Royce O’Neale in place of Mike Conley, league sources tell myself and @ShamsCharania….the story, is here! https://t.co/7uGeWFdSlv
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) February 26, 2020
The Jazz have lost eight of their last 12 games. This slide has put them in fifth place in the Western Conference. Utah is looking for a shakeup to end the skid, which is what motivated Conley’s move to the bench.
During Conley’s 13th year in the league he has averaged 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in 27.9 minutes. The 32-year-old is in his first year in Utah, after spending the first 12 in Memphis.
Royce O’Neale has averaged 28.9 minutes, six points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists during the 2019-2020 season. His minutes per game should be expected to rise after being placed in the starting lineup. He is in his third year in the NBA.
The Jazz host the Boston Celtics Wednesday, with O’Neale starting at the point guard position.
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The Salt Lake Tribune
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