Mike Conley seeks assurances from the Memphis Grizzlies before re-signing

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The Memphis Grizzlies' rollercoaster season came to an end on Sunday after being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. 

It was a campaign in which they used an NBA record 28 players after an injury-hit year. Dave Joerger did a tremendous job just being able to get his shorthanded team to the playoffs without the likes of All-Star center and former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol. 

Another key member of the Grizzlies who missed much of the year due to an Achilles injury was Mike Conley. It is no secret that the point guard will be a free agent this summer for the first time in his career and his future has been the main topic of conversation in Memphis now that their campaign has drawn to a close.  

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Last week, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said they would be re-signing Conley to keep up their record of keeping hold of their core players.  

Conley himself finally addressed the matter on Monday and gave the Grizzlies front office a clear message; make the necessary moves if you want me to stay.

"We need to be committed to doing the things, whatever it may be and however hard the decision may be, to do the right things in order to get us where we need to go," Conley said via ESPN.

The 28-year-old made it clear that he would ideally like to remain in Memphis saying: "This city is all I know." 

It would be a huge surprise if the point guard didn't remain in Memphis but he is keen to see the franchise bring in some big names in the offseason to become contenders once again.  

The core of Conley, Gasol, and Zach Randolph are still one of the best trios in the league but their low-post style of play is becoming less frequent and they must address their problem of not having enough shooters to space the floor, a trait that is almost essential in the NBA in this current age dominated by the Golden State Warriors.

"It's no secret," Conley said, per Peter Edmiston of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "Everybody's wondering if we can bring together the right guys in the offseason.

"They have enough money to go out and find somebody, but will we be able to attract this person or that person? That's going to be one of the deciding factors, if I believe they're going to (sign guys) or if they do it right off the bat.

"I wouldn't want to delay (while waiting for others to sign with the team), but if I can get any kind of assurances earlier rather than later, it would help."

Gasol was in the same situation last year heading into free agency in the summer and Conley is believed to have played a part in convincing the Spaniard to remain in Memphis, which would indicate that he will be following suit, something which teammate Randolph expects.

"This is his home," Randolph said. "He belongs here. Everybody knows that."

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