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Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 1/19/16

Mike Conley is one of the top two-way point guards in the league and there’s no doubt he’ll become an extremely rich man this summer.

Conley holds the No. 3 spot in our current 2016 Free Agent Power Rankings, behind only superstars Kevin Durant and LeBron James. It would be a shock if James leaves Cleveland for the second time in his career, so Conley could be the most sought-after free agent aside from Durant. Certainly, he tops the list of available floor leaders.

Last week, the New York Post reported that both the Knicks and Nets will be “all over” Conley when he hits the open market. The New York City teams could certainly use an upgrade at that spot.

The Knicks have used the combination of Jose Calderon and rookie Jerian Grant this season. Adding a top-notch point guard to feed the ball to Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis would make them a much more dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets are starved for talent, particularly in the backcourt. Conley was their top free agent target as far back as November and it’s unlikely that has changed, even though Conley’s former Grizzlies coach, Lionel Hollins, was fired. They lost journeyman Jarrett Jack to a season-ending injury and are now using the unimposing combination of Donald Sloan and Shane Larkin at that spot.

There will be other suitors out there, with the Kings, Jazz, Bucks, Nuggets and Pacers — just to name a few — potentially seeking an upgrade at that spot.

Conley will be eligible for a projected maximum starting salary of $24.9MM for 2016/17 — based upon the league’s official cap projection of $89MM — and it could be more if the actual cap number rises. However, most teams will have ample cap room to sign a big name free agent and there’s the sign-and-trade option for clubs that don’t have that much to spend.

The favorite to sign Conley is his current team. He recruited Marc Gasol last summer to stay put, so it would be surprising if Conley turned his back on the franchise this summer. The Grizzlies have every intention of re-signing him, though he turned away their offers for an extension last spring because of salary limitations. But Conley does want to see what’s out there, as he told SI’s Chris Mannix this season.

“This is where I’ve had my whole career,” he said. “At the same time I understand this is a business. I have to weigh my options just like [Gasol] did. Hopefully it will be an easy decision, whatever it is.”

This leads us to our question of the day: What team do you think Mike Conley will sign with this summer?

Please take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject. We look forward to what you have to say.

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12 thoughts on “Hoops Rumors Community Shootaround 1/19/16

  1. Hopefully the Knicks

    • Dana Gauruder

      Would certainly be a good option for him, especially if he wants to increase his profile.

  2. Richie

    He won’t leave Memphis. he will look to figure the money out but when its all said and done, he will be in a Grizzlies uniform next year. You would have to live here and know this team and this community to understand.

    • Dana Gauruder

      It would be surprising if Conley steps out of his comfort zone. The Grizzlies want him back.

    • I do live here and know the team well – a season-ticket holder. We love our players and team, and WANT MIKE TO STAY!

      • Dana Gauruder

        Most likely, you will get your wish.

  3. If Conley wants to be in an improving situation, it’s the Knicks. Bright Lights, Cash & help in KP and Melo.

    • The “bright lights” isn’t always a good selling point. Yeah free agents get more exposure, but that can be both good and bad. Being from NY, I know how harsh the media can be to players of all sports. Some players want/don’t mind that attention and others don’t want it at all.

      • Dana Gauruder

        Conley seems like a pretty low key guy and that works in the Grizzlies’ favor.

  4. Chuck Myron

    So many question marks surround the future of the Grizzlies. I don’t think Conley’s return is a slam dunk. Still, I think the most likely outcome involves him re-signing with Memphis.

  5. Strauss

    Rose for Okafor?

    • Matt V

      Not to hijack the Memphis feed but GarPax better be on the phone with the league before the 76ers wise up. No way that deal is it there.

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