Heat a team to watch if Grizzlies again pursue Conley trade

Veteran Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley Jr. has two years remaining on his max contract.

With the Memphis Grizzlies reportedly zeroing in on Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall draft pick, the Mike Conley Jr. watch is once again underway.

And when it comes to Conley, the Miami Heat are a team worth noting, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

“Heat president Pat Riley has long coveted Conley — Miami was interested in signing Conley before he re-signed with Memphis three years ago — and still wants to bring him to South Florida,” Deveney reported.

The Grizzlies flirted with the idea of moving Conley at the trade deadline in February, but couldn’t find a match. Per Deveney, they would like a pick in any deal involving Conley. The Heat own the No. 13 pick.

“The Heat have the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft, but with a hit-or-miss field of prospects beyond the first few picks, Miami is willing to move the pick to wring one more run out of its current roster,” Deveney wrote. “Memphis would have to be willing to take back some unwanted salary, but the Heat are likely the only team that would offer a lottery pick for Conley.”

Conley, 31, averaged 21.1 points and 6.4 assists in 70 games this past season. Despite the turnover in Memphis, he has been a true professional and been open about being fine with either staying or getting traded. He is due to make $32 million next season and $34 million the season after that.

The Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers are two other teams that have been linked to Conley.