Conley Seeking Huge Payday – July 1
The Memphis Grizzlies, according to Marc Stein, have reportedly offered Mike Conley a five-year, $153 million dollar contract. Both sides are “nearing conclusion” and the deal, if finalized, will be the richest one in NBA history.
Spurs Not As Interested As Reported – June 29
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the San Antonio Spurs’ interest in Conley is “overstated.”
Mavericks Interested In Conley – June 23
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Mike Conley has an interest in signing with either the Dallas Mavericks or San Antonio Spurs. Of the two, it seems like Conley would lean toward Dallas after stating that he has “great respect” for head coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavericks are also short a point guard since Deron Williams opted for free agency. San Antonio still has a shot at bringing on the Ohio State product, but the situation with Tony Parker might deter Conley from wanting to play there.
As far as we know, Parker isn’t going anywhere. He inked a four-year extension back in 2014, and it’s very unlikely that Parker would get moved to the bench. The same is true for Conley, as he’s started 608 of the 637 career games he’s played.
Memphis Worried About Conley Leaving – June 15
With free agency set to start in roughly two weeks, the Memphis Grizzlies‘ front office is “growing a bit concerned” that unrestricted free agent Mike Conley won’t be coming back to Tennessee, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.
Conley is this summer’s best free-agent point guard, and Begley pointed out how the New York Knicks might jump in on the sweepstakes, saying that it’s “a bit of potentially good news for those [New York] Knicks fans interested in.”
New York’s point guard rotation in 2015-16 featured pass-first point Jose Calderon, rookie Jerian Grant, and sophomore Langston Galloway. Not exactly an intimidating lineup. No disrespect but the NBA is in a golden age of point guards, and they are at the bottom regarding talent. Conley coming to the Big Apple would fill a majority of the Knicks’ holes (defense, playoff experience), and provide them with a third option alongside Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony.
If it comes down to money, Memphis would more than likely retain their floor general. The Grizzlies are lucky because they aren’t a bottom-feeder in the West, and would’ve made some noise in the playoffs had Conley and Marc Gasol not gone down with season-ending injuries. Begley stated that Memphis can give Conley “a five-year deal worth approximately $124 million,” and other teams would be unable to match that as they would cap at four years and roughly $92 million.
The money is there, the playoff contention is there, Hollywood mega-star, and minority owner, Justin Timberlake is also there and will be doing all he can to help persuade Conley to stay in Memphis.
However, if a team were able to pry Conley away from Justin Timberlake and the Grizzlies, their team would have a legitimate all-star level point guard in their backcourt. After being selected fourth overall out of Ohio State in the 2007 Draft, Mike Conley emerged as a very solid two-way player. Over his last three seasons, he’s at 16.2 points, 5.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and is shooting 37% from three. He landed on the All-Defensive second team back in 2012-13 after leading the league with 174 steals; from 2009-2014, his 673 steals placed him third amongst his peers, ahead of guys like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook, according to Basketball-Reference.