The New York Knicks might have found optimism to finally land their most coveted All-Star point guard, with Mike Conley set to explore free agency in July.
Conley played a vital role for the Memphis Grizzlies re-signing Marc Gasol. That bond between the two players could bring Conley back. This season, Conley 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 resign Conley and keep the core together.
Conley can help the Knicks in different ways. He is an excellent defender and play maker. He would be able to contain the opposing team's guard and help on the offensive end of the floor. Conley would help Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony find better shots. He has the ability to get his own shots and penetrate the paint.
The Knicks starting point guard this season was Jose Calderon. This season, Calderon averaged 7.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. He had career lows as starter and isn't the long-term answer for the Knicks.
Last summer, the Knicks traded for Jerian Grant during the NBA Draft. However, things turned out differently for Grant. 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.
In 2015, the team signed Robin Lopez to a four-year deal for $54 million. This season, he averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. The team also selected 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.