Tony Allen and Grizz agree on 4 year/$20m

Tony Allen and Grizz agree on 4 year/$20m

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun May 26, 2013 1:30 pm

Tony Allen Focused On Grizzlies, Not Free Agency

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LOS ANGELES — The opposing team’s most prolific offensive player isn’t all that Grizzlies guard Tony Allen appears passionate about shutting down these days.

Allen could be one of the NBA’s most coveted free agents this summer. And this is the time of year when media following teams heading into the offseason with money to spend start probing potential targets.

However, Allen continues to make his pending trip to free agency a nonissue and insists his focus is squarely on the Grizzlies making a deep run in the playoffs.

“I’m bleeding blue right now, so I haven’t thought past the Grizzlies,” Allen said when asked about the Portland Trail Blazers as a possible destination after a Grizzlies win Wednesday night in the Rose Garden. “I ain’t thinking about free agency. I’m thinking about a championship.”

Allen’s focus means he will be at his locker intently watching film of Kobe Bryant on Friday night before the Griz take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated recently ranked Allen as the No. 16 free agent for 2013. He could easily be rated higher on NBA general managers’ lists after the postseason. Allen is second in the league in steals and is aptly backing up his All-Defensive first-team honor from last season.

Allen has made it clear he’d like continue the grit-and-grind movement he gave birth to in Memphis and retire with the Grizzlies. The main question is, how much will the team’s new management value Allen? He will earn $3.3 million this season, the final year of a three-year deal. Allen is sure to have plenty of suitors looking to instantly change a team’s defensive identity and willing to offer more than he earns now.

Although Allen tries to deflect free-agency talk, he clearly has criteria.

“Being in the right situation, being able to fit, being a piece moving forward in a team’s championship goals just being a priority,” Allen said. “And obviously, putting my family in a good situation. But for the most part, I don’t even think about it. I just go out there and play, play hard and let God take care of the rest.”

Point guard Mike Conley isn’t surprised by Allen’s approach — - one that is similar to that of coach Lionel Hollins, who hasn’t made an issue about working without a contract extension.

“We’re all about business,” Conley said. “Obviously, we’re chasing home-court advantage so we need every win we can get.”

Griz brass can strike a deal with Hollins, the franchise’s winningest coach, at any time, but there have been no contract talks. Hollins’ situation also appears to be headed toward the offseason.

Memphis is prohibited from negotiating with Allen until free agency begins in July.

Tip-in: Griz playoff tickets for the first two home games in their opening-round series will go on sale Saturday at noon. Dates and times of home playoff games will be announced after the regular season.


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Re: Tony Allen Hopes To Re-Sign With Grizzlies

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun May 26, 2013 1:32 pm

Tony Allen Hopes To Re-Sign With Grizzlies

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Tony Allen will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end, but the 31-year-old defensive specialist would prefer to remain a Memphis Grizzly.

"I don't even understand the business side," Allen said. "When July hits, somebody is going to have to sit me down and explain it. All I know is I'm a Grizzly and I believe I'm going to be a Grizzly when it's over with.

"I bleed blue. I think they going to keep me. But if they don't, I understand.

"I don't even think about it now. I just play. I love being in Memphis. I love the city. Hopefully I stay here. It feels like home."

Allen is earning a reported $3.3 million this season.


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Re: Tony Allen Hopes To Re-Sign With Grizzlies

Postby Weezy on Sun May 26, 2013 3:28 pm

Dang I was hoping he'd be a guy we go after, we need a defender like him.
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Re: Tony Allen Hopes To Re-Sign With Grizzlies

Postby JSM on Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:11 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo wrote:As the Memphis Grizzlies plan to make a pitch to free agent Tony Allen on Monday, the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are part of a growing cast of suitors pushing to sign the All-Defensive guard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Allen, 31, a popular franchise player and integral part of the team's rise to prominence in the Western Conference, has been inclined to remain with Memphis for the right offer, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Indiana wants to upgrade its bench and bring more toughness and playoff experience to its roster. The Pacers will focus first on the re-signing of free-agent forward David West. Indiana could potentially have its midlevel exception of $5 million available for Allen.

The Bucks have salary-cap space and are juggling multiple scenarios in free agency.

New York can offer its mini midlevel of $3 million and try to convince Allen that he can make up the difference in larger offers through marketing in the New York area.

Allen was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team this past season and received more votes than any other player.
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Re: Tony Allen receives interest from Grizz, Pacers, Bucks, NYK

Postby 432J on Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:01 pm

this is the type of guy this team really needs

i wish we could get him
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Re: Tony Allen receives interest from Grizz, Pacers, Bucks, NYK

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:29 pm

I would take this guy on my team any day of the week.
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Re: Tony Allen receives interest from Grizz, Pacers, Bucks, NYK

Postby JSM on Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:29 pm

NBA Rumors ‏@NBARUMORS 41m
The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a new four-year, $20 million contract with Tony Allen.
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Re: Tony Allen receives interest from Grizz, Pacers, Bucks, NYK

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:05 pm

JSM wrote:
NBA Rumors ‏@NBARUMORS 41m
The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a new four-year, $20 million contract with Tony Allen.


That's surprising. I think he's more valuable than 5 mil per year. He's obviously one of the best defenders in the world, hustles on every play, can run the court and is a good finisher and solid rebounder. He's the type of guy every team needs.
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