Miami interested in acquiring Mike Conley from the Grizzlies
Now that the NBA’s draft lottery is in the rearview mirror, several teams around the league are beginning to plot out ways to bolster their respective rosters. One such team is the Miami Heat, who are rumored to have interest in Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley.
Conley, now 31 years of age, has established himself as one of the better point guards in today’s game. He still has two years and $67 million on his contract, but could he be lured away for the right package?
Keep in mind that the Grizzlies landed the No. 2 overall selection in the upcoming NBA Draft. Most experts are predicting that Memphis will select Murray State’s Ja Morant with that pick, which could open the door for a Conley trade.
League sources told Sporting News this week that one team to watch in the Conley hunt is Miami, which is waiting on Goran Dragic’s decision on his $19 million player option for next year. Heat president Pat Riley has long coveted Conley – Miami was interested in signing Conley before he re-signed with Memphis three years ago – and still wants to bring him to South Florida.
Conley made 70 appearances with the Grizzlies during the 2018-19 regular season (all starts), racking up averages of 21.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field (36.4 percent from beyond the arc), 6.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes per outing.
Whether or not Riley and the Heat will be able to land Conley remains to be seen, but it’s clear that there is a certain level of interest in the idea. Miami has the 13th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Let’s see what they choose to do with it.