Report: Spurs plan on pursuing Mike Conley in free agency
According to a report, the Spurs will "court" Grizzlies guard Mike Conley in free agency.
Although the San Antonio Spurs don't rely on older veterans like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili anymore, their lack of athleticism and youth was exposed in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder. In order to stay elite in the West, the Spurs will surely regroup and add new faces next season. And according to ESPN's Marc Stein, one new face could be Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley.
Stein reports the Spurs, who are also planning to go after Kevin Durant, will be courting Conley once free agency starts. Besides for Durant, Conley will be one of the top free agents on the market. Adding Conley would give San Antonio a strong point guard to go with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs still have Tony Parker, who has played his 15-year career with San Antonio. Conley likely would his starting job. But by signing Conley, Parker can shift to a bench role, bolstering a second unit that was dreadful against the Thunder.
However similar to Parker, Conley has spent entire career with the Grizzlies and seems hesitant to leave Memphis. Plus Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, has said Memphis' No. 1 priority in the offseason is to re-sign Conley. If Memphis offers a max deal to Conley and the Grizzlies land a big-time coach to replace recently dismissed Dave Joerger, it is hard to envision him leaving.
Yet the allure of playing for the Spurs is real. David West gave up millions to join the Spurs, hoping the sacrifice would allow him to win his first championship. And even though he wasn't able to achieve that goal, West told reporters on Thursday that he had no regrets about his decision.
Could Conley follow in West's footsteps? Only time will tell but the Spurs will definitely be upgrading their roster this offseason and will be a player on the free agent market and on paper, Conley would be a great fit.
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