The Grizzlies are putting Mike Conley on the market, and the Pistons are interested. The Pistons and Grizzlies have been discussing a trade could send the 12-year veteran to the Motor City. The Pistons will most likely offer Reggie Jackson and a 2019 first round draft pick in exchange for Conley.
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Though the Grizzlies have not accepted the offer, they are considering it. Although, it’s not the only one on the table. Initially, the Jazz were the first to pursue Conley. According to the reports, the Jazz offered the Grizzlies a package including Ricky Rubio and a future first-round draft pick in exchange for Conley.
Reggie Jackson and a first round pick will probably not be enough to snag Conley from the lowly Grizzlies. A few players may also be brought into consideration in the Piston’s package including Luke Kennard, Bruce Brown, Stanley Johnson, and others. The Pistons have a variety of young players that the Grizzlies can shop for. In the end, the Grizzlies and Pistons must both be careful not to give up crucial pieces of their young core.
The Grizzlies are ready to depart with Conley. His massive $153 million contract could be weighing down their salary cap. They may just be looking to start over considering they have also placed Marc Gasol on the trading block. The Pistons are ready to make a change as well. Since acquiring Blake Griffin, the Pistons have yet to find him a wingman – Conley may be a good fit. Conley’s play resembles Chris Paul, who had well-documented success with Blake Griffin on the Clippers.
Conley may not be an All-Star, but the 6’1 point guard is averaging a decent stat line at 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game. He may have gotten a snub due to playing in the West and competing Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard for an All-Star spot. However, in the East, Conley would most certainly make the All-Star team (Replacing D’Angelo Russell – 19.6 points, 6.4 assists). For that, he generates major attention on the trading block.