Rumors and speculations are swirling around Mike Conley who is reportedly leaving the Memphis Grizzlies in the upcoming free agency and play for the New York Knicks next season.
The New York Knicks is one of the NBA teams who are currently undergoing a rebuilding process. The Knicks are also one of the struggling teams who failed to enter the NBA playoffs where they only finish in the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 32-50. The Knicks made their first move by hiring Jeff Hornacek to mentor the team next season.
Jeff Hornacek will be in-charge to continue Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. Based on a previous report, coach Jeff Hornacek is considering Kurt Rambis to be part of his coaching staff. Rambis’ knowledge in triangle offense can greatly help since Hornacek prefers it for half-court sets. However, the Knicks will need a veteran guard in order for the system to be effective.
According to Fansided, the New York Knicks could join the pursuit in acquiring Mike Conley in the free agency market. On an interview with Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News, Mike Conley said something on the Knicks free agency:
“Everything will be on the table when the time comes. I haven’t committed to anything.”
Mike Conley is considered one of the top point guards who will join the free agency market. In this nine years of tenure with the Grizzlies, he has helped the team makes it to the playoffs for six consecutive seasons. However, due to injury, Conley missed the recent NBA playoffs, resulting for the Grizzlies to lose to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
If the New York Knicks succeed to acquire Mike Conley, he will be a good fit with Jeff Hornacek’s system since he is a well-known coach in developing guards like him. He will be a good combination with Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony and young center Kristaps Porzingis. His ability to compete on the defensive end, take care of the ball, and provide balanced offensive impact could be a major reason on why the New York Knicks should consider him the top target in the free agency market.
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