MikeCheck: Grizzlies Offseason Outlook – Mike Conley Memphis Grizzlies

Barring any setbacks, there’s no reason to believe Conley can’t return to the form from his career season a year ago. Conley feels largely responsible for how this season got away. Expect him to be as hungry as ever to set things right next season.

MEMPHIS – It wasn’t supposed to go down like this.

But after a tumultuous season that included a controversial early-season coaching change, a rash of injuries, the eventual loss of two top scorers and the longest losing streak in the Memphis era of the franchise, the Grizzlies hit the offseason eager to push the reset button.

They are out of the playoffs for the first time in eight years, and headed toward the May 15 Draft Lottery assured of a top-five pick in the June 21 NBA Draft. So there’s reason to hope. There are also expectations – with catalysts Mike Conley and Marc Gasol still under contract, encouraging development of a few young prospects and the full midlevel exception to use in free agency – that this disappointing season in Memphis was a single bump in the road on a path...

“Rightfully or not, Mike Conley Jr. feels largely responsible for how this season got away. Expect him to be as hungry as ever to set things right next season.”

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