Dallas Mavericks: Mike Conley Joins Whiteside, Batum in Dodging Dallas
After losing out on Hassan Whiteside and Nicolas Batum, Dallas set their sights on Mike Conley…but failed once again.
Going into free agency, Dallas made the decision to let Chandler Parsons test free agent waters and chose to pursue a dream scenario in landing Whiteside and Conley. To sweeten the pot for Mavs fans, rumors circulated about a potential meeting with Batum on Friday.
After Whiteside and Batum announced max contracts with their previous teams early Friday morning, Conley was the Mavericks’ last hope with a big fish.
Then the Chandler Parsons news dropped Friday afternoon that he would be joining the Grizzlies on a max deal, thus adding to the speculation that Mike Conley was heading back to Memphis.
Memphis caved in a gave the final year on the max contract to Conley, thus delivering a huge blow to Dallas in trying to drastically improve their team this offseason.
Memphis will now trot out a lineup featuring Conley, Parsons, Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol. A lineup, and rotation, that should put Memphis in the thick of things in the West.
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Dallas is left scrambling as they have yet to sign a free agent while watching their best free agent walk out of the door. The road ahead is unclear for Cuban & Co., but some solutions should start coming out soon.