Will Mike Conley Jr, Be Heading To The Denver Nuggets?

Posted by Sean Stancill | Tuesday, July 08, 2008 | 0 comments »

Conley Jr. averaged 9.4 PPG, 4.8 APG, 0.8 SPG in 53 games in his rookie year, after injuries, highlighted by a mild chest strain, shortened his season.

Here is my proposed trade between Memphis and Denver:

Marcus Camby
2009 1st Round Draft Pick
Mike Conley
Antoine Walker

Reasons why Conley has become tradeable and Memphis should aquire Marcus Camby:
1. O.J. Mayo has been rumored to be switching over to point guard ever since news surfaced about his possibilty of joining the Miami Heat.

Given the lineup of the Grizzlies, the scenario is a little different now after the departures of Mike Miller (Part of Love-Mayo trade) and Juan Carlos-Navarro (Five-year contract in Barcelona), leaving holes at shooting guard.

Regardless, converting Mayo to the point guard causes an automatic threat to any opposition.
How many 6'4" 200+lbs. point guards are there in the league?
Only two. Jason Kidd and Derrick Rose.

Also, if Memphis decides to take a shot at Ben Gordon or Andre Igudola this summer, O.J.'s conversion is guaranteed.

2. If the Mayo experiment at point guard fails, the Grizz still have Kyle Lowry.
Dating back to Feb. 21, Lowry was the hot item at the trade deadline, drawing interests from teams around the league.

Kyle averaged 9.6 PPG, 3.6 APG, 1.1 SPG last season. Aside from the bold stats (PPG, RPG, SPG) that shows Lowry has better numbers of the two, he also:
Has a lower turnover average, higher player efficiency, a higher field goal percentage, and has more experience than Conley Jr.

3. Memphis desperately needs a big man.

The only center currently on their roster is Darko Milic after Jason Collins was sent to Minnesota as part of the Mayo-Love trade.

They could go after Emeka Okafor this off-season, but he will be demanding in the area of $13-14 million per year, roughly about $50-60 million total.

The Grizzlies won't pay that considering the fact that they are still attempting to get underneath the cap even more to have a go at 2009.

Then again, they could always resign Kwame Brown.

Marcus Camby is simply the right/short term move for the Grizzlies because he's still one of the NBA's best defenders at the center position, he brings veteran leadership, and he only brings two years left on his contract with him, which means resigning is optional in 2010.

4. With one of Denver's 2009 first round picks, Memphis can use the pick as bait in a trade to gain a player they need, or they can simply hang onto themselves.
Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Patrick Patterson, and Hasheem Thabeet seem to be the top big men of 2009.

Reasons why the Nuggets should acquire Conley Jr., Walker, and trade Camby:

1. Mike Conley Jr. will be a good point guard in this league for years to come and the Nuggets are lost at that position.
By acquiring Conley, they have the position of floor-general locked up for the next year, and an extension can easily be worked out.

2. Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, and Tony Parker.
With the exception of Denver and Los Angeles, all Western Conference teams that made it to the playoffs had a All Star (caliber) point guard leading their squad.
Proof enough, that if you want to win in the Western Conference, you must posses a good point guard.

3. The Nuggets can replace Marcus Camby next season via the draft.
As I mentioned earlier about the future big men, rest assured not all will go in the Top 10. Some will slide down to the Top 20 or even to the second round.
With two chances in the opening round, the Nuggets have a fair chance of selecting their future defensive anchor.

4. While Antoine Walker, is no longer a superstar in this league, but he's an extremely effective lights out shooter who the Nuggets crave.
Walker's three-point shooting would give a boost to an already solid team from beyond the three point line.

I've crunched the numbers, and this trade actually saves the Memphis Grizzlies $1.7 million in cap space.

The deal is on the table. Now begins the waiting process.