Monday, January 19, 2009

How Trading Conley Will Impact the Grizzlies

Recently, a trade sending Mike Conley to Milwakee for Ramon Sessions and Joe Alexander has been rumored to be in the works.


Grizzlies fans and media have generally fallen into 3 factions: one that believes that it's too early to give up on Conley, one that believes Conley will isn't very good, and one that believes Conley will never complement Mayo.
 
I really don't care if the Grizzlies trade Conley. He's not the root of the problem. Neither keeping him nor trading him will have any immediate impact on the team.

The Grizzlies are terrible. They are terrible with Conley, and Ramon Sessions will not bring any significant improvement.

What the Grizzlies need is leadership. They look like a pick up team with some talent but no organization. 

I'm not sure where that leadership should or will come from. In the history of the team, they've had that type of leadership once, when Coach Hubie Brown joined the team. That doesn't mean leadership must come from the coach or that Iavaroni needs to be fired. Mayo's maturity suggests he may have what it takes to bring this team together.

Regardless, neither trading nor keeping Conley will not address the problems at the core of the Grizzlies.

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