The Memphis Grizzlies have grown concerned about the possibility of Mike Conley leaving in free agency.
The general feeling around the league is that Mike Conley will remain in Memphis this summer. He’s a free agent and the best point guard available. Memphis is the team that could offer him the most money and the sense is if Memphis makes a max offer as expected he probably stays put.
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But we’re all tempted sometimes by the possibility of change. Conley has spent his entire nine year career in Memphis. He has been through all the ups and downs a player could possibly go through with the team. And this past season, the Grizzlies were hit hard with injuries and saw their run in the playoffs come to an end.
Could Conley be thinking the way of change? That’s a growing concern in the Grizzlies front office, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.
“Some members of the Grizzlies front office are growing a bit concerned about the possibility of Conley leaving in free agency, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Memphis, which plans on using a video featuring Grizzlies part-owner Justin Timberlake as part of its recruiting pitch, per a source, can offer Conley a five-year deal worth approximately $124 million. Other clubs can ink Conley to a max contract for four years worth approximately $92 million”.
If Conley opens the door to other teams, the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and other teams are said to be interested. He’s one of the best defensive point guards in the league, a smart floor general, he shot 36.3 percent from three, and he’s good at getting players the ball when and where they want it.
In 56 regular season game, Conley averaged 15.3 points per game his lowest since the 2012-13 season.
The New York Knicks have stated one of their main areas that is in need of upgrading is the point guard position. The Knicks would not be an ideal choice for Conley if he is looking long-term for a chance of winning a title.
More realistic choice for him would be with San Antonio. With the Spurs heading into what could be another productive offseason they are still awaiting what Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili plan to do. Conley would be a great addition to San Antonio.
An injury plagued season sidelined Conley for the second half of the season and the playoffs. He would have been an All-Star had the West not been loaded with other great point guards at the same time.