Miami Heat Rumors: Heat to Pursue Point Guard Mike Conley in Offseason

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The trade deadline may have passed, but that doesn’t mean the juicy rumors have come to an end.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Heat could make a move and sign Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley during the offseason. Conley will become a free agent and will be very much in demand. It is also reported that Heat President Pat Riley is very high on the 28-year-old point guard:

“And if the Heat cannot make it work, one of many decisions for Pat Riley this summer will be whether to try to sign Memphis point guard Mike Conley, whose camp is very much aware of Riley’s high regard for Conley. Such a move, if it happened, would assuredly result in (Goran) Dragic being dealt.”

This is interesting for one big reason—the Heat would have to move Goran Dragic in order to sign Conley. It’s common sense that the Heat are not signing Conley with the intention of pairing him and Dragic in the backcourt for the 2016-17 season.

Dragic has obviously had a disappointing year after signing a five-year, $90 million deal this past offseason. He has averaged just 12.2 points on 46.9 percent from the field. Those numbers are down from when he averaged 16.6 points on 50.2 percent from the field in 26 appearances with Miami during the 2014-15 season.

While this is just pure speculation at this point, it does reveal that the front office may be losing confidence in Dragic as the franchise’s point guard of the future.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.