Mike Conley is the best available point guard in the 2016 NBA Free Agency and many teams are prepared to give him a big contract. According to the latest NBA rumors, the San Antonio Spurs are willing to break their core in order to sign Conley this offseason.
The 28-year-old point guard is coming off an injury-riddled season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He missed a total of 26 games due to a left Achilles injury. He averaged 15.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported that Conley will meet with other teams in the offseason and teams such as New York Knicks and Houston Rockets are interested. Kyler noted that the Spurs are the dark horse to sign him because they are prepared to break up their core that won a franchise-best 67 games.
The Spurs showed their age in the 2016 NBA playoffs when the young Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated them in six games in the second round. They are still contenders but the front office knows that they need to get younger.
Conley’s best chance to win an NBA title will be in San Antonio with five-time champion head coach Gregg Popovich. If he decides to sign with the Spurs, he will form a new big three along with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Grizzlies are worried that Conley will not re-sign with the team but they are ready to offer him a five-year, $124 million contract. The team will also reportedly use minority owner Justin Timberlake during their negotiations.
On the other hand, the Spurs and other teams can offer Conley a max deal of four years worth $92 million. It will be an intriguing offseason for San Antonio as they might part ways with Tony Parker to create more cap space, and Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili might announce their retirement.
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