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Report: The Dallas Mavericks secure meeting with free agent Mike Conley

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The frenzy that is free agency is all set to kick off on Friday as teams across the league jostle to secure meetings with the top players on the market.

The point guard position has become so crucial in recent years with arguably the best generation of players at the one spot currently plying their trade in the NBA. 

Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and John Wall are just some of the names lighting up the league at present and many of them have revolutionised the style of play at the point.

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In free agency, there will be a clamour of teams looking to secure an elite point guard and there's no doubt who the best free agent in that position will be tomorrow; Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Rajon Rondo, despite leading the league in assists this past season with 11.7 per game and is a free agent, is not seen to be as attractive as Conley, who is widely regarded as the better option due to his ability to score as well as create. 

The 28-year-old has spent his entire nine-year career with the Memphis Grizzlies after they drafted him with the fourth overall pick in 2007, but he is seriously considering moving on for the first time as he tests the open market.

The L.A. Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks have all been credited with an interest, but it appears the latter has the best opportunity to secure his services should he leave Memphis.

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According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, via league sources, the Mavericks have managed to set up a meeting with Mike Conley on July 1.

The Ohio State product wants a five-year max contract from the Grizzlies and he stands to make the most money from his current team if they're willing to offer him a long-term deal of that kind. 

However, if the franchise offers him a four-year deal or less, he could leave, per ESPN. Under league rules, Memphis is the only team that can offer him a five-year contract.

"Mike wants the fifth year in Memphis because he's earned it,'' a source told ESPN. "If he's one of your top two players, why wouldn't you give it to him? What team messes around with one of its top two players?"

The Tennessee-based outfit will be reluctant to lose one of its best players but if they're unable to offer the guard what he wants, Mark Cuban and the Mavs will be more than willing to make him an interesting offer.

Dallas is on the lookout for a point guard after Deron Williams decided to opt out of his deal in Texas and become a free agent.

After the debacle surrounding L.A. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan last summer, the Mavericks will want to avoid any such mishaps this time around and fair much better in recruiting the players they want.

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