The Memphis Grizzlies say they will re-sign point guard Mike Conley

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This summer's free agency could be one of the most intriguing in recent years with a host of big names available and an increase in the salary cap for every team.

Kevin Durant headlines the list of free agents, but All-Stars such as DeMar DeRozan, Al Horford and Dwight Howard will command big interest from multiple teams from around the league.

One free agent who has gone under the radar, however, is Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley. This is mainly due to him being ruled out for the final few months of the season and the playoffs with an Achilles injury.

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The man who Charles Barkley regularly describes as "the most underrated player in the NBA", will arguably be the best point guard on the market in the offseason and after being with the Grizzlies for all of his nine years in the league since being drafted in 2007, it has been rumoured that a change of scenery could be in the offing.

However, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has poured cold water over those claims and has assured the team's fans that Conley will be staying put.

Speaking on the Chris Vernon radio show in Memphis, Wallace said: "We are undefeated in re-signing our core players, and we will remain so. We are going to re-sign Mike Conley."

The 28-year-old is sure to have a number of suitors this summer who can offer him a huge paycheck and a better shot at winning a championship in some cases.

Wallace's comments, though, are consistent with what he and other members of the organisation have been saying throughout the year in regards to the unrestricted free agent.

In January, Wallace made a similar point to CBS Sports' Matt Moore saying: "If you look back at the five years since the tide has turned for this franchise, we have re-signed every core player for the Memphis Grizzlies."

Shortly fter February's trade deadline, vice president Ed Stefanski told Sirius XM NBA Radio: "I believe Mike will be back in a Grizzly uniform."

The confidence in the franchise's front office may indicate that Conley has already informed them of his plans moving forward, but until he puts pen to paper, the speculation will continue.

When center Marc Gasol was a free agent last summer, Conley is believed to have played a big part in keeping the Spaniard in Memphis with the promise that they would spend more years together and so it would be a huge surprise if the point guard were to leave.

With Gasol also on the sidelines with Conley, the Grizzlies are currently 2-0 down to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of their playoff series after two heavy defeats.

The fans in the Grindhouse have not had much to cheer this year and may not have had the pleasure of seeing the two in action for much of the campaign, but one saving grace will be that they may not have seen them in the same uniform for the last time.

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