The Memphis Grizzlies have very little hope that point guard Mike Conley would re-sign with the team in free agency, according to several league sources.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Ian Begley reported that Conley was strongly considering the possibility of bolting in free agency next month. “Here’s a bit of potentially good news for those Knicks fans interested in free agent Mike Conley: 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,” wrote Begley.
According to Begley, Memphis plan on “using a video featuring Grizzlies part-owner Justin Timberlake as part of its recruiting pitch” to try and retain Conley. Remember, the Grizzlies can still offer Conley the most lucrative deal, a five-year max contract worth approximately $124 million. Other franchises can offer Conley a four-year max contract worth approximately $92 million.
Mike Conley: The next Knicks PG?
The New York Knicks, a team that is desperate for a quality floor general, have been linked with Conley for several months. Earlier this year, ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo revealed that Conley would prefer to go to the Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. “A source close to Conley believes the Memphis Grizzlies point guard will be more receptive to playing for the Knicks and Nets than most think.”
Conley, a borderline all-star ever since he was drafted No. 4 back in 2007, will be an instant upgrade to Jose Calderon, who owns a player option, and sophomore guard Jerian Grant. Also, Conley’s ability to defend at the perimeter would bode well for the Knicks who need a lot of help in the area.
New York has also been linked with the likes of Brandon Jennings (unrestricted free agent), Jeff Teague (on the last year of his contract with Atlanta Hawks), former Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (unrestricted free agent) and Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (restricted free agent).
Mike Conley Jr. would be a welcome addition for New York Knicks. A Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Prozingis and Conley Jr. could prove enough to make them a playoff team again.