NBA Roundtable

Grizzlies Closing In On TA

In Free Agency on July 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Ronald Tillery reports

The Grizzlies are close to agreeing on a contract with Boston Celtics free agent swingman Tony Allen, The Commercial Appeal has learned.

Allen, 28, is an unrestricted free agent and the Griz are hoping to sign him to a multiyear deal starting at roughly $3 million.

The Griz decided on Allen because of the defense and toughness he could bring to the backcourt off the bench. Memphis is also said to like Allen’s leadership qualities and championship attitude given he’s played for the title-contending Celtics.

I am hearing that it is a three year $10 million contract.

Very good signing for the Grizzlies. Tony Allen is an excellent defender, one of the finest one-on-one defenders in the league, and an above average rebounder. He is able to play all three perimeter positions but the two spot is his best position.

Offensively, Tony Allen can’t shoot and has a dodgy dribble. Makes a substantial amount of unforced mistakes. Is capable of playing the point at a good level (mainly due to elite defense + rebounding) when he is taking good care of the ball but on other nights you’ll need to pull him quickly. Is a solid slasher but best when he is used solely as a finisher to avoid silly turnovers.

Brewer Unrestricted

This blurb was a surprise to me

Signing Allen would mean Memphis would completely severe ties with Ronnie Brewer, who it acquired from Utah for a protected 2011 first-round pick in February. Brewer wasn’t extended a $3.7 million qualifying offer and became an unrestricted free agent.

The article also mentions that Brewer wasn’t willing to commit due to negotiations with the Bulls and Jazz. Several other reports say that the Jazz have strong interest in bringing Brewer back to Utah.

Anyway, I’ll have to change my free agent lists to put Brewer in the unrestricted group.

Boston Celtics

Several pieces of bad news for the Celtics this off-season

  • Decided against rebuilding
  • Gave Pierce a four year deal which will inhibit rebuilding down the road + damage Rondo’s long term future with the Celtics
  • Signed Jermaine O’Neal to the MLE
  • Struggled to find a use for Rasheed’s retirement contract + several teams around the league now have large trade exceptions which will lower the relative value of Sheed’s immediately expiring deal + a couple teams still have leftover cap space which will further lower the value of that deal. Forcing Boston to come up with other add-ons and incentives to separate themselves from the pack trade wise.
  • LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to team up in Miami + then Mike Miller decided to join them. Creating a powerhouse that is more talented than Boston.
  • Tony Allen leaves via Free Agency
  • Now, Boston is only left with minimum contract offers to flesh out there bench
  • Oh, and, all of this is on top of Kendrick Perkins tearing his ACL

This has been a horrific off-season for Boston.

Update: David Aldridge reports on why the Celtics choose not to re-sign Tony Allen

The Celtics wanted to re-sign Allen, but were unwilling to give him a third guaranteed year. The most Boston offered was a two-year, $5.2 million offer, with a partial guaranteed third year. At that point the 28-year-old Allen decided to entertain the Memphis offer, which has no partial guarantees or team options.

The exact figure was $9.7 million over three years.

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