Update: This seems official. Alex Kennedy of Hoops World tweeteth (via Red’s Army), “Tony Allen agrees to three year, $10 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to sources. Allen wanted to return to Boston at the same price but the Celtics didn’t want to pay him.” The Celtics might really regret letting TA walk. They must have wanted him to waive the third year, but why wouldn’t they offer $9-$10 million for two years? I don’t get it. Does Danny Ainge have some trade cooking to land the C’s some backup wing help?
Tony Allen is a Jekyll and Hyde basketball player: one minute he’s shackling Kobe Bryant and running out in transition for explosive dunks; the next minute he’s shooting the world’s ugliest jumper, or driving with his head down for an easy charge.
So it should come as no surprise to Celtics fans who have watched Tony Allen that, days after Greg Dickerson reported Allen would re-sign with Boston, Allen is close to signing with the Memphis Grizzlies. (The Commercial Appeal)
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.
If Allen does in fact leave Boston for Memphis, 1) he is an idiot (What does Memphis offer that Boston doesn’t besides maybe an extra year?) and 2) the Celtics will miss his defense and energy off the bench.
Because Boston is over the luxury tax, they are hogtied when it comes to replacing Allen. Ainge will have to sign a wing player with the veteran’s minimum, which limits the players Ainge has a chance of wooing to Boston. Say what you want about Allen — and we’ve said it all here at Celtics Town — but Allen did a serviceable job off the bench this past season and his production is not likely to be replaced by any free agent swingman available for the league minimum.