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OT: Grizzlies extend Conley for 5 years $45 million, fan suffers nervous breakdown ;-)

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With Greg Oden not receiving an extension, it looks like at least his friend and other client of Conley Sr. will get paid like out of this world (gratuitous Travis Outlaw reference) as first reported by ESPN's Chris Broussard. Personally I always liked Mike Conley, but $9 million per year is a lot of money for a PG who at times struggled to keep his starting spot on a franchise with fairly poor attendance numbers mainly kept in Memphis by a long-term arena lease and not making the playoffs in recent years after trading away Pau Gasol to LA in a controversial deal. This could also have consequences down the road for Memphis' ability to retain upcoming free agents Marc Gasol (who not unlike his older brother will be highly coveted by a number of teams now or latest next summer), Zach Randolph, and in 2012 O.J. Mayo; as well as for the league at large with the upcoming CBA negotiations where Memphis now serves as a pretty bad exhibit for team owners stating their desire to cut basketball-related incomes but at the same time spending a lot on non-superstar players after this extension and the one for SF Rudy Gay for $82 million earlier this summer. Reactions: Hardwood Paroxysm Twitter account (by Matt Moore, writer for CBSSports, NBC and AOL Fanhouse and loyal Grizzlies fan. Some explicit language.) Or initial rant mirrored on Tumblr for posterity Edit: Article with a bit more time to reflect on CBSSports SBN Grizzlies blog Straight Outta Vancouver

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