The San Antonio Spurs are chasing free agent guard Mike Conley, and why not? He is defensive minded and also a capable outside shooter.
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With free agency just a few days away and all hopes of Conley coming to the Spurs may have hit a roadblock. There have been rumors surfacing about Conley and the Spurs being interested in one another. But according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the interest the Spurs have had in the services of Conley have been overstated.
Maybe the biggest Spurs development tonight: One well-placed source insists San Antonio’s free-agent interest in Mike Conley is overstated.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2016
The Spurs are in need of a point guard, and they will do what they can in swaying Conley to join their team. Who wouldn’t? There are many deciding factors though that have come out that could deter Conley in signing with the Spurs. One is Tony Parker.
If Conley were to sign with the Spurs there are certain questions that may arise, as Jeff Garcia from News 4 San Antonio’s Spurs Zone laid out.
How will the two mesh? How will the minutes be distributed? Is Conley ready to come off the bench after being a starter in Memphis? Is Parker ready to be a bench player?
Parker did state that his role with the team would not bother him as long as his coach is happy. That may be true, but if you have been the starting point guard for this team and in an instance become a bench player to another, that could cause some tension.
With the news of Manu Ginobili opting out (possibly resigning) and the news of Tim Duncan exercising his player option, but still uncertain about his coming back, money will also be an area of concern.
Conley will be offered a contract in which the Spurs will need to ask themselves if they will be able to compete with a large amount that may be thrown his way from elsewhere.
Stranger things have happened during free agency. Both have stated they are interested in one another. We will have to sit back and wait to see what happens once the frenzy begins on July 1.