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Rumor: Mavs a ‘team to watch’ for Mike Conley after previous interest

Mavs, Mike Conley, Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis

The Dallas Mavericks know they need to add more talent around Luka Doncic, and rumors are already percolating about possible targets. Kawhi Leonard is reportedly on the Mavs’ radar in case he decides to leave the Los Angeles Clippers, but perhaps a more realistic target is Mike Conley.

On a recent episode of the Hollinger & Duncan NBA Show, John Hollinger called Dallas a “team to watch” when it comes to Conley’s free agency. The Mavs were interested in Conley’s services the last time he was a free agent, but he ultimately decided to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies then traded the veteran guard to the Utah Jazz as part of their rebuild.

Conley would bring a savvy veteran presence to the backcourt alongside Doncic. He can play on or off the ball, which is crucial given how much Doncic dominates the ball for the Mavs. The 33-year-old averaged 16.2 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 44.4% from the field and a career-high 41.2% on 3-pointers this season.

Of course, injuries are a concern with Conley. The guard has missed a number of games due to injuries in recent years, including time in this year’s playoffs. This hurt the Jazz in their second-round series loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The veteran only played in one game in that series and wasn’t effective.

But, again, Conley would represent an upgrade next to Doncic. The Mavs are set to potentially have a good amount of cap space, so they can make a sizable offer in an attempt to pry him away from Utah. The Jazz would surely like Conley back in the fold, so we’ll see how this battle plays out. There will be other suitors as well for Conley, who made the All-Star Game as a replacement in 2021.