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Report: The San Antonio Spurs are interested in signing free agent Mike Conley

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The San Antonio Spurs' season came to an abrupt end last night as they were beaten in six games by the Oklahoma City Thunder in a thrilling Western Conference semi-finals series. 

The elimination has immediately raised questions about the futures of some of the team's longest-serving players and veterans such as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.  

The pair were, unsurprisingly, not willing to comment on their plans for next year after just losing a tough series but it appears the franchise may be looking to make some moves in the free agency market regardless of what their veteran players may decide. 

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According to ESPN's Mark Stein, the Spurs will make an attempt to lure Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley this summer. 

The 28-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent and after spending his entire nine-year career in Memphis he may be open to a new challenge.  

Conley was ruled out for much of the campaign with an Achilles injury and also missed the playoffs - where the Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs.  

The Tennessee-based outfit is confident that Conley will re-sign with them, however, and general manager Chris Wallace was more than willing to state this publically during the regular season too. 

Conley will be the best point guard on the open market and one of the best players, period. With the reputation the San Antonio organisation has built, it's likely that Conley would agree to a meeting with them and listen to their pitch. 

When Memphis' campaign ended, Conley made it clear he wanted the franchise to make moves in the offseason if they wanted him to re-sign on a long-term deal but with Dave Joerger moving on to Sacramento, the Grizzlies now have important decisions to make in terms of personnel both on and off the floor. 

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A move for the Memphis guard would raise some serious concerns about the future of Tony Parker with Gregg Popovich's team, however. 

The Frenchman has been with the organisation throughout his 15-year career in the NBA and it would not make sense for him to be a back-up with his $14 million a year salary. 

It would almost be unthinkable for the Texas-based outfit to trade one of their most decorated and longest-serving players. 

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The Spurs have been a tight-knit organisation for more than a decade and pride themselves on loyalty which would make it an unlikely scenario to move the veteran to create cap space for Conley. 

If the team's vets do retire, it would free up some extra money and another possibility could see the Spurs sign Conley and pair him with Parker in the backcourt with one of them playing at the two spot, but that doesn't seem feasible given Danny Green's importance to the team on the defensive end.

Conley- an NBA All-Defensive performer - isn't the only free agent that the Spurs are reportedly interested in, though. 

Speculation has been rife that they are also exploring the possibility of bringing in this summer's top free agent Kevin Durant - the man who just helped end their playoff run.

Signing one of the two players will have to result in the Spurs making some important adjustments to try and pull it off, but if they can pair either of them in a team alongside Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, they will once again be among the favourites to go all the way next year.

Topics:
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Mike Conley
Memphis Grizzlies
Tony Parker

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