Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, one of several top-tier players set to hit the free-agency market this coming off-season, is reportedly gaining more interest from the New York Knicks.
According to Marc Berman and Fred Kerber of the New York Post, Conley will be courted heavily by two big market ball clubs namely the Knicks and its intra-city rival, the Brooklyn Nets.
“Conley, who never has made an All-Star team and is not in the top 10 in voting among Western Conference guards, still remains the top point guard on the free-agent market this summer. Sources have indicated the Knicks and Nets will be all over Conley, as the New York squads are two of the few NBA teams in the market for a top-notch starting.”
But with the firing of Lionel Hollins (former Grizzlies coach) from the Nets head coaching post, the Knicks now have a clear-cut advantage over their rival for Conley, whose playing style draws comparison with New York head coach Derek Fisher.
The Knicks failed again to land a marquee player last off-season, but were able to pick up good role players and a promising rookie big man in Kristaps Porzingis.
The team has improved tremendously following a miserable 2014-15 campaign, yet their current record (22-24) is still not enough to put them inside the top-8 in a much tougher Eastern Conference.
Conley, averaging 15 points and 5 dimes per game this season, could really help this Knicks team take that step towards title contention. The only roadblock for the Knicks to claim the lefty’s service appears to be his current team, the Grizzlies.
Conley spent his entire career with the organization and the person behind Marc Gasol’s decision to stay put. But with the Grizz not playing like a dark horse contender in the West anymore, the former Ohio State Buckeyes might consider trying his luck in the East coast with the resurging Knickerbockers.
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