Monday, January 12, 2009

Former Buckeye to be traded?

According to the Racine Journal Times, former Buckeye Mike Conley has gone from starting point guard of the Memphis Grizzlies, to backup point guard of the Memphis Grizzlies, to, now, point guard of the Milwaukee Bucks. According to the story the deal is "virtually agreed on" and only Bucks owner Herb Kohl needs to give his stamp of approval. No word yet on if he will start or backup Luke Ridenour.

In return for Conley, the Grizzlies will receive 2008 first round pick, 8th overall, Joe Alexander, and backup point guard Ramon Sessions. This move by Milwaukee appears to be an attempt to make up for a series of what I consider screw ups this offseason. Why the Bucks drafted Alexander is beyond me. The team had just traded for fellow small forward Richard Jefferson. Michael Redd occupied the big guard spot. Depth is fine but when you have two max contract players ahead of you, it's not likely that you are going to get much playing time.

As for Ramon Sessions, isn't he the guy that was supposed to be so good that it prompted Milwaukee to trade Mo Williams to the Cavs for bupkis? Guess the Bucks got that one wrong. Turns out a point guard tandem of Sessions and Ridenour isn't good enough for better than 13 games behind the Cavs in the Central Division.

I wish Conley as much good as I can wish someone while playing in Cleveland's division. He could fare pretty well as his talents lie in penetrating and passing. Redd and Jefferson certainly will appreciate a true play making point guard on the roster. Although, I have to wonder how good can Conley be if he got beat out by Kyle Lowrie in Memphis?

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