Tony Allen signs in Memphis
After surprising fans around the league on the first day of free agency when the Memphis Grizzlies opted to resign Rudy Gay to a max. contract, things have been fairly quiet around the franchise from Tennessee. However, after Ronnie Brewer decided to leave the team and signed a multi-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, GM Chris Wallace was forced to look for another wing player able to play meaningful minutes night in and night out.
According to sources close to the Grizzlies front-office, guard-forward Tony Allen agreed to a three year deal worth approximately $9 million. After spending his entire six years in the league with the Boston Celtics, Allen is hoping to see an increase in playing time in Memphis in the upcoming NBA campaign. Albeit the Celtics were interested in resigning the 6-4 swingman, GM Danny Ainge reportedly refused to offer more than a two-year deal which ultimately led to Allen deciding to leave. In 2009-10, Tony Allen averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in just 16 minutes per contest. Where as Allen is a hard-nosed defender and can drive to the hoop, he is a fairly weak shooter from beyond the arc. In fact, he did not even attempt a single three pointer last year which evidently is a considerable flaw for an undersized wing player.
While Allen looks like a budget replacement for Ronnie Brewer that could work out with a little bit of luck, the Grizz' inability to sign their first round draft picks Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez left many experts wondering what the franchise might be up to. After all, one hardly sees any standard rookie scale contract falling through for first round picks and much less for a lottery pick like Xavier Henry. As of now, it is hard to tell whether Memphis is looking for a trade or is simply hoping to save a few dollars down the stretch.
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Tags: Rudy Gay, Tony Allen, Ronnie Brewer, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA live
Posted: 16th August 2010
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