The 30-year-old Mike Conley missed Wednesday's game with a sore Achilles and is shooting 36.8 percent from the field. How concerned are you about his long-term health and production? Is it wise to trade for him now, while his value is low?
Kyle Soppe: Conley is a complicated case, and for me, it comes down to assessing risk. The Memphis Grizzlies rank among the five slowest-moving offenses for what would be a sixth consecutive season, and missed time is very much a concern for the veteran point guard (he missed the majority of December last season and 26 games the season prior). However, there are plenty of redeeming qualities. The continued upward trajectory of his free throw attempts is encouraging (on pace to set a career-high for a third straight season), and his assist-to-turnover ratio in the early going this season is nearly a full dime over his career average. I'm sending out offers to see if I can acquire Conley at any sort of discount.
Joe Kaiser: Any time a 30-year-old point guard has an Achilles injury, big or small, it is a reason for concern. This is Conley's 11th season in the league, and there's a lot of wear and tear on those legs, from joints to the Achilles to ankles, and it's important to realize that. It's also worth noting that Conley has missed at least nine games in each of the past four seasons, including 14 last season and 26 in 2015-16. If it were up to me, knowing how important health and durability is to success in fantasy basketball, I would wait for Conley to return and string together three to four good games in a row, then I'd trade him for a comparable talent that addresses my team's needs -- even if I have to package him with someone else to make the trade work.
Jim McCormick: Conley has averaged just 65 games played over the past three seasons, establishing a precedent for concern as this current injury is seemingly influencing his play. Another concern is that the Grizzlies' offense is running through Marc Gasol this season; the ultra-skilled center is third in the NBA with 99.4 touches per game. Conley ranged between 80.3 and 84.1 touches per game in the three previous seasons to this, yet is currently averaging 69.3, which is 32nd in the league and in the neighborhood of Tobias Harris and Malcolm Brogdon (who was 10th last season just behind Chris Paul).
So is the Memphis offense funneling through Gasol because Conley is knowingly hampered by this injury? Or is it a philosophic shift on offense to have Gasol as the lead conduit? All of this ends with me trusting Conley's larger sample of skills, while this current scenario is fogged by several factors (including injury and touches) that could be resolved relatively quickly. Conley's scoring troubles appear to be an aberration, as he's hitting nearly the same rate from 2-point range as last season but is atypically awful from beyond the arc so far. Conley has displayed the ability to distribute at a high level (at least 6.1 APG in six of past seven seasons) and efficiently score (39.1 percent 3-point rate past three years and 17.1 PPG) over substantial samples. If the price is right, I'd trust the larger sample and buy on Conley despite these concerns.