Mike Conley, Jr. is the top point guard on the free agent market this offseason. The veteran, and career-long member of the Memphis Grizzlies, will find plenty of teams trying to lure him away for the final few years of his prime. Though he is coming off a season in which he only played 56 games and missed the playoffs due to a foot injury, he’s still a good point guard who will yield a big deal.
According to ESPN’s Tim McMahon, Conley has concerns about going to the Spurs because of the presence of Parker. Parker is a six time All-Star and a four time NBA champion with the Spurs, and he’s been a key cog of the San Antonio dynasty for years. Looking at that, it would make sense why Conley would feel some trepidation. On the other hand, Parker is 34, and last year he played the fewest minutes per game of his career. Much like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Parker’s starting to take on a lesser role with the Spurs. If Conley signed with San Antonio, he would likely be the lead point guard right away, and definitely a season or two down the road.
All that said, Conley can definitely get a bigger role, and perhaps more money, elsewhere. The reason to go to San Antonio is for the chance to win a title. While Conley surely wants to win a championship, it would seem that he isn’t willing to take a backseat to make that happen. If the Spurs can’t make Conley feel comfortable in his potential role due to the presence of Parker, they can kiss their chances of signing him goodbye.
(Via Tim Cato)