Will the Memphis Grizzlies be able to retain Mike Conley? Well, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is confident about it. Earlier, reports suggested that point-guard Conley may leave Memphis this summer.
“We are undefeated in re-signing our core players, and we will remain so. We are going to re-sign Mike Conley,” said Wallace in the “The Chris Vernon Show” on 92.9 FM ESPN on Wednesday, as reported by the Real GM.
Marc Gasol resigned for the Grizzlies last offseason.
Earlier, a report by Ken Berger of the CBS Sports indicated that Conley was likely to leave Memphis Grizzlies this offseason.
“I believe Mike will be back in a Grizzly uniform.” Grizzlies vice-president Ed Stefanski told SiriusXM NBA Radio earlier, after February trade deadline.
Spaniard Marc Gasol and point-guard Mike Conley Jr have been the pillars of the team for years. Both the players are in the prime phase of their career.
The Grizzlies signed center Gasol to a five-year maximum contract last season.
Conley has spent nine years at Memphis, but he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. Many teams are expected to pursue the star PG. Conley played in only 56 games this season due to tendinitis in his achilles. Memphis has lost the first two games of the playoffs by a combined 58 points. The franchise, which the NBA experts feel are in a decline, desperately wants to retain Conley on a long term deal.
And why not? Despite the injury which sidelined him in this regular season, the guard has averaged 16.1 points and 5.8 assists in 32.2 minutes per game in the past three seasons. The Brooklyn Nets are keen to sign him.
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