NBA rumors have been swirling around Mike Conley. The former Ohio State Buckeyes star will become an unrestricted free agent. Several teams will be interested in the point guard this upcoming summer. According to FanSided, the New York Knicks will be one of those teams who will be looking to sign Conley. The Knicks are in need of an upgrade at the point guard position. Conley will be seeking a max contract during free agency, and New York would be willing to offer him that.
Mike Conley played a big role for the Memphis Grizzlies re-signing Marc Gasol. That bond between the two players could bring Conley back. This season, he averaged 15.3 points and 6.1 assists per game. Those were great numbers for a team that plays a very slow tempo. Grizzlies’ General Manager Chris Wallace expects to re-sign Conley and keep the core together.
The New York Knicks are in need of an upgrade at point guard this summer. Mike Conley could be someone who can help the Knicks in a variety of ways. He is an excellent defender and play maker. Conley would be able to contain the opposing team’s guard. He would be able to help on the offensive end of the floor. Conley would help Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis find better shots. He has the ability to get his own shots and penetrate the paint.
The New York Knicks starting point guard this season was Jose Calderon. He had an average year. This season, he averaged 7.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. Calderon had career lows as starter. He isn’t the long-term answer for New York. The man is 34-years-old. He has been with the Knicks for the past two years. This summer, the team expects to use the stretch provision on Calderon. That would clear up cap space to sign a player to a max contract.
Last summer, the New York Knicks traded for Jerian Grant during the NBA Draft. Many Knicks fans were hoping that the rookie from Notre Dame would be able to compete for the starting job this year. Things turned out way differently for the rookie point guard. This season, he was barely on the court. Close to the end of the season, Grant got his chance to start. In the five games he started, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game in 29.2 minutes. Grant has shown the Knicks fans some hope for the future.
The New Yorks Knicks already have some key pieces in place for the team. Last summer, the Knicks signed Robin Lopez to a four-year deal worth $54 million. This season, he averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Lopez has proven that he is a vital piece for New York. The Knicks selected rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in last summer’s draft. He averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game. New York has superstar Carmelo Anthony leading the way. He averaged 21.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.
Mike Conley is one of the best available point guards in this year’s free agency. Several teams will be interested in him. The Houston Rockets will need to reload this summer. Dwight Howard is expected to opt out of his contract. Conley can help take the load off of James Harden’s ball handling duties.
The New York Knicks will be looking to make a splash this summer in free agency. Acquiring Kevin Durant might be out of the question. Signing Mike Conley would be a win for the team. He would also fill in a needed position for the Knicks.
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