They sat Horney down for a raw 2nd rounder in the playoffs in certain situations. Ultimately, there will be injury concerns. Rubio was hurt, Donovan got hurt, we need healthy dudes who can shoot the three in the rotation to beat Houston. We will probably need and use everyone we got. It is nice to have enough depth to finally get us past the freaking 5th seed.That is what we should do... but the fact that Mike is a vet and established means that benching him at the end of a game becomes a storyline that we might look to avoid. Its similar to the token starts we gave Favors last year... those were to pacify Favs not for the benefit of the team.
I really think Mike off the bench is the best route if we aren't going to trade him. Sub him in for Ingles or DM early mid 1st quarter and then let DM and Conley run with the second unit... or Ingles/Conley/Clarkson in the second unit.
My initial thought last year when Rubio went out was that Ingles/DM backcourt worked just great and was kind of ideal... now that we can add Bojan to that starting mix it is absolutely working. Like the offense is the best in the NBA... I don't know that subbing Conley for Royce makes that group the besty best... like there are diminishing returns... and Royce is a much better defender than Conley.
I think Conley will be better than he has been... if he ever comes back, but I'm not sure we need the extra volume he can provide. Defensively I'm not sure we want to be that small to end games... the ball will be in DM's hands end of game anyway.
If Donovan misses any time at all, we will be happy to have Conley. If Rudy gets hurt, we are screwed.