Grizzlies start recruiting push to retain Mike Conley

A year ago, the Memphis Grizzlies enlisted Craig Brewer — who directed the Academy Award-winning film “Hustle Flow” — to create a promotional film to convince All-Star center Marc Gasol to re-sign with the team. Gasol ended up signing a 5-year/$113M deal to stay in Memphis, so when it came time to start the pitch to free-agent-to-be Mike Conley, the Grizzlies turned back to Brewer, with a little help from the team’s front office in the form of Justin Timberlake, who introduces the “Our Conductor” mini-film, telling Conley, “This is for you from all of us with all our heart.”

In addition to being a nine-time Grammy winner and four-time Emmy winner, Timberlake is a minority owner of the Grizzlies, having bought into his hometown team in 2012 when Robert Pera purchased the team from Michael Heisley. Whether his presence in the recruiting pitch will help retain Conley is yet to be seen. The point guard, who has averaged 13.6 points per game and 5.6 assists per game in his nine-year career in Memphis, is expected to be a top target of the Dallas Mavericks when free agency opens on Friday.

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