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NBA Trade Rumors: Top 5 Best Destinations For Mike Conley

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The Memphis Grizzlies are finally embracing the idea of trading away Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, as per Adrian Wojnarowski, but moving them won’t be an easy task considering their respective contracts.

Moving Mike Conley may be even harder, as he’s still owed a combined 64.5 million dollars over the next couple of years and he’s already turned 31 years old, so finding a team willing to absorb that contract is tricky at best.

Even so, Conley is one of the best two-way point guards in the league and the kind of guy that could really lead a team through key stretches. He’s a tough competitor and such an underrated player, so perhaps they actually find fair value in return. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 destinations for him.

5. Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks could still make a playoff run as they’re not that far behind in the standings, but absorbing Conley’s deal may be a move they wind up regretting a couple summers from now.

Even so, and with their lack of depth at the point guard spot, landing Conley wouldn’t be the worst idea. In order to get him, they’d have to trade away Dorian Finney-Smith, Wesley Matthews, Dwight Powell, and a 2nd round pick.

4. Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns have been aggressively pursuing a move for a starting playmaker, and even though their season is already down the drain, Conley’s presence could finally put an end to their rebuilding process next year.

Conley could help them improve their terrible backcourt defense and he’d be deadly in pick and roll with Ayton, while Booker could play off-ball again. To get him, they’d have to offer Dragan Bender, Ryan Anderson, and TJ Warren.

3. Orlando Magic

It seems like the Orlando Magic are one point guard away from being playoff bound, and who better than Mike Conley, whos playmaking may help them turn the table offensively? He’d be a major upgrade over DJ Augustin.

Also, Orlando needs to give up on the Jonathan Isaac - Aaron Gordon combo, with the ladder regressing due to the surge of the first. In order to get him, they’d have to offer Gordon and Timofey Mozgov, and they’d get Conley and Kyle Anderson in return.

2. Detroit Pistons

Reggie Jackson shouldn’t be starting in this league, and the Detroit Pistons are stuck on a mediocrity spiral. They need a point guard that could actually make his teammates better and get stops.

Conley’s a much better point guard than Kyle Lowry, who thrived under Casey’s tutelage, and the Pistons could actually make the playoffs amid his arrival. To get him, they’d have to offer Reggie Jackson and either Langston Galloway or Jon Leuer, plus the 2nd Round pick.

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1. Indiana Pacers

Mike Conley is an Indianapolis native and the Pacers’ two point guards are set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, so getting him is pretty much a no-brainer with the team holding on to the 3rd seed in the East.

The Pacers are very high on Aaron Holiday but the UCLA product is not ready to take a step forward as of today. Conley’s presence could help him ease that transition to the NBA, and they could get him in return for Tyreke Evans, Darren Collison, and Corey Joseph.