No more Tony Allen, no more Zach Randolph, no more Marc Gasol, and very soon, no more Mike Conley. These last few years have been rough for Memphis fans. Chris Wallace and Robert Pera seem to be ready to put an end to this great era for their franchise.
According to Kevin O’Connor, the Utah Jazz is still interested in Memphis’ Point Guard and last week’s best western conference player. Negotiations have already started and could go on this summer.
Of course, the trade isn’t a sure thing yet but the Tennessee franchise is already under pressure to give up their best player. We understand Utah’s interest in Mike Conley as Ricky Rubio will become a free agent at the end of the season.
A Conley – Mitchell backcourt and Ruby Gobert in the mix for pick-and-rolls, I’m sure people would pay good money to watch this in Salt Lake City. For Memphis however, they want to rebuild, keeping Jaren Jackson Jr. is the priority and everything else can go.
Trading Mike Conleu would also mean clearing 67 millions of dollar of salary over 2 years while receiving some interesting players in return (Dante Exum, Derrick Favors, Jae Crowder and maybe even some draft picks). That’s what the trade could very well look like this summer.
The Utah Jazz shouldn’t be the only one on the case, even though his salary is quite high, his veteran status, his leadership and his defensive abilities would be a great asset to any franchise. Teams like Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte (if Kemba Walker decided to leave), and Phoenix could very well make an offer this summer.
31 years old, the Memphis franchise player shows no signs of slowing down. Currently in the best form of his career with almost 21 points and 6.4 assists per game this season, the best player in the league to have never been an All-Star is still this great two-way player we know.
Whichever will be his next destination, Mike will do the job, and more. No matter what happens, Conley will always be a legend in Memphis where he spent 12 seasons, leading them to 7 playoff appearances and one conference final. Second best scorer in the history of the franchise, he should get that 1st spot by the end of the season.
Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley will all have their jerseys hanging on the roof of the FedEx Forum in a few years and that will be greatly deserved for each one of these players. The Grit and Grind will definitely be over when Conley will leave the building and according to rumors, it should be this summer. So please Mike, finish with a bang by becoming all-time best scorer of your franchise, and good luck to you, wherever you go!