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With the Memphis Grizzlies landing the No. 2 pick in this June's NBA Draft, the team's search for its next franchise player has been sped up a bit. All reports indicate that Memphis will select Murray State point guard Ja Morant at No. 2, meaning it's likely that Mike Conley will be traded.
While the Grizzlies were already reportedly considering making a move, shipping out Conley is more than likely now at the forefront of their offseason plans. Although trading an aging, albeit effective, point guard set to make $32.5 million next season is easier said than done.
With that in mind, here are three teams that are the most likely landing spots for the veteran point guard.
3. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are in need of a point guard and have plenty of room to absorb Conley's contract with a rough estimate of $48 million available in cap space this offseason. A package including Domantas Sabonis, Aaron Holiday, Doug McDermott and a first-round pick might be something enticing enough to pry Conley away from the Grizzlies.
2. Chicago Bulls
The Kris Dunn experiment in Chicago has seemingly reached its end. With the Bulls ending up with the seventh pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the guard they might have hoped to draft might not be available. With a projected $24 million in possible cap space this summer, Chicago has the room to take on Conley's deal. Maybe Chicago offers a deal built around Zach LaVine and Denzel Valentine, along with picks, in an effort to find an experienced point guard to lead the Bulls' young core.
1. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns might be the most logical fit here. They have the potential to reach $24 million in cap space this summer and have plenty of attractive young wing players to send Memphis' way, something the Grizzlies need. The Suns could put together a package built around Josh Jackson or Mikal Bridges, along with possibly even shedding the last year of Tyler Johnson's contract, where he's set to make 19.2 million. They could even add a future pick or this year's 32nd overall selection to sweeten the pot, if acquiring Conley's services turns into a bidding war.
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