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Mike Conley bids Memphis farewell, thanks Grizzlies fans on Twitter

Mike Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, and it did not take long for the longtime Memphis Grizzlies superstar to thank both the city and fans who have supported him throughout his career.

Conley, after being the subject of trade rumors involving the Jazz at last season’s trade deadline, was shipped to Salt Lake City in exchange for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, the 23rd pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and a future first-round draft pick, as originally reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Conley took to Twitter to express his gratitude to Memphis and the city’s fans.

In an amusing aside, Conley later returned to Twitter to make note of how his original tweet, since deleted, mentioned the “city of Utah,” a gaffe that Donovan Mitchell just recently pointed out in a tweet from a fan, and something the Jazz organization highlighted as well.

Conley spent 12 seasons with the Grizzlies after the organization selected him with the fourth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He averaged 14.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists over that span and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2013.

While Grizzlies fans obviously will be disappointed in seeing one of the team’s all-time great players leave, his departure will help usher in a necessary rebuild. It’s clear Conley will always hold the city of Memphis and Grizzlies fans in high regard as well.