On Thursday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the San Antonio Spurs from the NBA Playoffs, winning 113-99 to take the series 4-2. The Thunder beat the Spurs in large part on the strength of terrific performances from younger players like Steven Adams and Dion Waiters, who made athletic plays to assist superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
The Spurs’ downfall might signify the end of an era for the Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The organization has already started considering its plans for the future, and they plan to pursue Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley during the off-season.
Conley, who averaged 15.3 points and 6.1 assists per game this season, is an unrestricted free agent.
The move could be beneficial for both parties. The Spurs aren’t getting any younger—their average age is 31.5—and Conley, 28, could help a team that needs younger legs. He is good at distributing the ball, and he can score when necessary.
If they add Conley, the Spurs would have a new Big 3 with Conley, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Leonard finished second in this year’s MVP voting, averaging a career-high 21.2 points per game. Aldridge averaged 18 points per game on 51.3-percent shooting. He’s a versatile big man who can shoot from outside and work in the low post.
The deal would also bring a great change of scenery for Conley, who played on a Grizzlies team that was not a serious title contender in the tough Western Conference—especially since Marc Gasol suffered a season-ending foot injury.