NBA Rumors: Mike Conley to team up with James Harden in Houston Rockets next season

NBA Rumors: Mike Conley to team up with James Harden in Houston Rockets next season

Rumors and speculations are now swirling with the Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, who is said to leave his current team to join the Houston Rockets next season.

Mike Conley failed to play in the playoffs due to Achilles injury resulting for the Memphis Grizzlies to be easily beaten by the San Antonio Spurs. According to a report from Inquisitr, the Grizzlies tried to re-sign Conley, but he declined the offer and decided to become a free agent in the upcoming off-season.

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There will surely be many suitors waiting to sign the Grizzlies star since most of the teams are targeting a quality point guard, including the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets became the center of controversies after the disappointing loss to the Golden State Warriors in the round one of the Western Conference playoff series. The Warriors established to defeat the Rockets even without the reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, on their side.

Based on a previous report, there will be a big chance that James Harden and Dwight Howard will be separating ways next season. If Howard plans to opt out, the Rockets will release a huge salary cap to sign other players that can help Harden lead the team.

James Harden’s scoring performance in the current season was undeniably outstanding so many became surprise that the Rockets have not even managed to defeat the Curry-less Warriors in their series. Many believe that the team should hire more player that could bring a good chemistry with Harden.

Mike Conley can be a great addition to the Rockets struggling lineup. He was known to be a consistent player in his nine years of playing with the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite the Grizzlies slow paced offense, Conley managed to get an average of 15.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 2.9 rebounds.

Conley’s unselfishness in the court can be a huge advantage for Harden since he used to be the main focus of the Rockets’ offense. Also, Conley can take over the ball handling duties together with Patrick Beverley so Harden can always find a good spot to execute perfect offensive strategy for the Rockets.

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  • JL Todd

    In terms of the ball handling responsibilities…they said the exact same thing about Ty Lawson. Problem is, Harden needs the ball in his hands to be effective. The Rockets need to find a coach who can help Harden learn how to be a great, or even very good, without the ball in hands.