It’s no secret Mike Conley is on the market, however the Memphis Grizzlies are apparently making some form of rapid push to commerce him.
This aspect of Anthony Davis, who’s now spoken for by way of a deal to the Los Angeles Lakers, Mike Conley could be the highest veteran out there on the NBA commerce market this offseason. It’s no secret the Memphis Grizzlies are taking provides, relationship again to the commerce deadline.
However in line with Shams Charania of The Athletic, the staff is intensifying commerce talks concerning the veteran level guard and the Utah Jazz are a entrance runner if a deal occurs this week.
The Grizzlies have the No. 2 choose in Thursday evening’s draft, with Murray State level guard Ja Morant because the presumptive choose. Including one other high choose, because the New Orleans Pelicans are set to do by way of the Davis deal, could possibly be on Memphis’ radar.
Utah isn’t the staff to produce that high-level draft choose although. They’ve the 23rd general choose on Thursday evening, and they’re set to remain a playoff contender going ahead. Conley has conveyed his desire to not be a part of a rebuild in Memphis (or presumably anyplace), and the listing of groups with potential curiosity consists of the Miami Warmth (No. 13 choose), Detroit Pistons (No. 15), Indiana Pacers (No. 18) and Dallas Mavericks (no first-round choose).
Conley averaged a career-high 21.1 factors per sport this season, as he additionally averaged 6.four assists, 3.four rebounds and 1.Three steals per sport over 70 contests. His contract is a significant factor, with two years and $67 million left on it, however the groups with potential curiosity ought to have little bother matching up wage whereas not gutting the roster.
The one approach the Grizzlies ought to have urgency to “intensify” commerce talks round Conley is that if they need one other first-round choose (exterior the lottery, most probably) Thursday evening. However in a top-heavy draft, that concept simply doesn’t make a ton of sense.