Report: Knicks and Nets ‘will be all over’ Mike Conley in free agency

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We already knew the Nets are interested in signing Mike Conley this summer.

But they’ll have competition from across town.

Marc Berman and Fred Kerber of the New York Post:

Sources have indicated the Knicks and Nets will be all over Conley

Conley will be the best point guard on the market next summer.

Of course, the Knicks and Nets will be interested. In a league where nearly every team has a good point guard, New York is starting Jose Calderon and Brooklyn is starting Donald Sloan. The Knicks are developing rookie Jerian Grant, and the Nets started Jarrett Jack before his season-ending injury. But that doesn’t change the picture: These teams need a major upgrade at point guard.

But why does Conley need them?

The 28-year-old will likely get multiple max offers. Memphis can offer a fifth year, higher raises and a better team. It’s unlikely he leaves.

The Knicks – with Conley joining Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony – could argue they’d have a better future than the aging Grizzlies would, but that’s debatable. The Nets can make no such claims.

It’s one thing to want Conley. It’s another to get him. I suspect the difference here is vast.