Mike Conley: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Grizzlies PG's Future

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Denver (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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With free agency rapidly approaching, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has a big decision facing him this summer, but he isn't making any predictions beforehand.

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Grizzlies Reportedly Haven't Had Conley Trade Discussions

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Marc Stein of ESPN reported "Memphis has thus far refused to talk [Conley] with any team." 

On Feb. 10, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the Grizzlies are "working to keep Conley in summer free agency" and will try to persuade Kevin Durant to join the team to "make it a Big Three" (with Marc Gasol).

Pistons Reportedly Pushing for Conley

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Brian Geltzeiler of HoopsCritic.com reported the Detroit Pistons and Grizzlies are working on a deal centered around Conley. However, Chris Herrington of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported the rumor is not true.

Conley Reportedly Interested in Knicks, Nets 

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Citing a source close to Conley, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reported the point guard will be "more receptive to playing for the [New York] Knicks and [Brooklyn] Nets than most think."

Conley Open to All Possibilities

Friday, Feb. 5

Speaking to reporters (per ESPN New York's Ian Begley) prior to Friday's game against the New York Knicks, Conley left open every possible door: "Everything will be on the table when the time comes. I haven't committed to anything."   

Sticking with the ability to play the market in his favor, Conley also told reporters (per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News) that "there is no pact" with Grizzlies center Marc Gasol to stay in Memphis. 

Gasol agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Grizzlies last summer worth up to $110 million. It was reported by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated as Memphis was negotiating with its star center that Conley remained in contact with him to convince him to re-sign:

There are many in Memphis that refuse to believe Conley could go anywhere. He was instrumental in recruiting Marc Gasol to return last summer and there are those that believe he would never have pushed so hard if he was planning on exiting a year later.

'Me and Marc, he knows if I call him two times in two weeks and he is in Spain, that’s a lot,' Conley said. 'That’s something very important to me. I stayed in contact, checking in on him. When it came down to it, I told him ‘We’re not going anywhere if you’re not here.’ I hoped he would make the right decision, and he did.'

Top-Heavy Western Conference Creates Issues for Grizzlies

The West is problematic because Golden State and San Antonio are so far ahead of the other teams, and both have the potential to be great for a long time, decreasing the title chances for everyone else. 

Conley is a dynamic point guard who can score (13.5 career points per game), distribute (5.6 assists) and play strong defense (20.9 career defensive win shares). Given the rise in cap money coming to the NBA, a 28-year-old multi-talented point guard is going to command a lot of money.