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The Grizzlies will feature Justin Timberlake in their pitch to re-sign Mike Conley

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The Memphis Grizzlies endured a difficult season, to say the least. The franchise used an NBA record 28 players throughout the campaign as injuries took their toll.

Despite the health problems that plagued the team, they somehow still made the playoffs finishing the year with a 42-40 record.  

Dave Joerger, who did a great job of leading the team into the postseason amid huge adversity, was fired soon after they were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs and was immediately picked up by the Sacramento Kings. 

After a long and thorough search, the Grizzlies recently appointed David Fizdale as its new head coach and are now planning ahead for next season.

With free agency fast approaching, Memphis should be among the most active teams trying to lure a star or two to Tennessee to compete with the elite teams in the Western Conference once again. 

Their biggest move this summer, however, will be to re-sign their own free agent point guard Mike Conley.

The 28-year-old - who missed the majority of the season with an Achilles injury - will be testing the open market for the first time in his career. 

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The organisation has stated its confidence that Conley will commit his future to the Grizzlies on a number of occasions this year, but are still prepared to pull out all the stops to persuade him to sign on the dotted line. 

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Memphis will be using a video featuring part-owner Justin Timberlake as part of its recruiting pitch. 

Just how much influence that will have on Conley remains to be seen, but it may be the only pitch he receives this offseason that includes a celebrity.  

In his report, Begley also mentions that the Southwest Division outfit is growing concerned about the possibility of the Ohio State product leaving the team he has played for throughout his nine-year career.

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The full report by Begley states:

"Here’s a bit of potentially good news for those Knicks fans interested in free agent Mike Conley: some members of the Grizzlies front office are growing a bit concerned about the possibility of Conley leaving in free agency, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

"Memphis, which plans on using a video featuring Grizzlies part-owner Justin Timberlake as part of its recruiting pitch, per a source, can offer Conley a five-year deal worth approximately $124 million.

"Other clubs can ink Conley to a max contract for four years worth approximately $92 million. Both Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and GM Steve Mills has mentioned point guard as a position of emphasis for New York this offseason."

The Knicks are believed to be one team who will be strongly pursuing Conley as the one spot has been a problem position for them for a number of years. 

With the spike in the salary cap next year, Conley will seek a max deal wherever he signs but will be a valuable asset to any franchise. 

Topics:
Marc Gasol
Memphis Grizzlies
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Zach Randolph
Mike Conley

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