Mike Conley returned to the Utah Jazz this offseason and he has noted that his goal is to win a championship next season. This summer, Conley signed a three-year deal worth $68.04 million. Last season, the Jazz finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference but lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round.
But the Jazz didn't have Conley in five of six games against the Clippers due to a hamstring injury. "Last year had a disappointing end to it," Conley said on Monday, per the Associated Press. "But all the strides we've made along the way allow us to come into this season still chasing that championship -- that ultimate goal.
And it's something that's truly attainable. Something we can grasp. We're right there. We're knocking on the door."
Conley 'comfortable' in Utah
"It's a comfort zone here," Conley said.
"Somewhere I feel really comfortable. I feel like I can continue to grow, continue to help this team in any way, shape, or form to get to the next level." This summer, the Jazz also signed Rudy Gay and Hassan Whiteside.
"When you're looking for a team or looking for a place to play, that's the biggest thing," Gay said. "At the end of the day, I just want to be a resource that teams can use. I feel like I can be the greatest asset here."
Meanwhile, Whiteside said: "It's a great fit for me. I haven't been this excited in a long time. They're definitely a contender. You don't accidentally win 50-plus games in this league." In the opening round of this past playoffs, the Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies.
During the series against the Grizzlies, Conley had a chance to compete against rising star Ja Morant. "It's amazing to be playing against a guy like Ja, first off," Conley said. "Just seeing a guy that's so talented, he's a young superstar in the league, wearing the jersey that I'm so used to wearing.
Getting the cheers from the crowd that I'm so used to hearing. It's surreal. It's like full circle. You never thought that it would be this way. I never did, at least. "It's like sometimes you live long enough to become the villain, and I've become that for the Memphis Grizzlies now. Just got to take that in stride, continue to do what I do and have fun with that, have fun with the game."