4. Mike Conley
Conley turns 36 years old in October and is on an expiring contract. He averaged 11.9 points, 6.7 assists, and 1.1 steals in 30.3 minutes per game last season. The 6’1 guard is still productive, but he could become a ring chaser at the deadline if his team struggles.
The Timberwolves expect to be in the hunt, but it won’t be easy in the crowded Western Conference. They were eighth last season and did not make massive upgrades. Every team in the top 10 expects to remain there as Dallas and Houston look to enter. Two teams will miss the Play-In Tournament from that group, and it will largely be determined by health and chemistry.
If Minnesota is struggling, Conley could get bought out and sign with a contender in February. The Suns would be aggressive in landing his signature, and the All-Star point guard could be the missing piece to Phoenix becoming legit title contenders.
This is a bit unlikely, but do not rule it out completely. The Timberwolves would try to trade him, and the Phoenix Suns would only be able to offer a few second-round picks in return, and that may not be enough to acquire him. The Suns may get creative, but there are zero guarantees here.