In the search for a starting shooting guard, the Los Angeles Clippers may take a run at unrestricted free agent Tony Allen:
— Mark Heisler (@MarkHeisler) July 1, 2013
The hand of Doc Rivers is all over this one as Heisler included in his tweet. Allen was selected 25th overall by the Boston Celtics in 2004 which was Rivers first year as head coach with the team. Tony became a key contributor off the bench helping the Celtics win the NBA championship in 2008. He eventually left to join the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010.
Everyone knows Allen’s strength as a player: defense. He’s one of the stingiest perimeter defenders in the NBA and has been a member of the All-Defense NBA teams the past three seasons. Allen was also voted the best perimeter defender in the league by general managers before the start of the 2012-13 season. And while he’d be the nice fit alongside Chris Paul, you can’t help but think how much Allen would disrupt the offensive flow of this team. With Allen, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on the floor together the team would be void of floor spacing and considering the way teams are taking advantage defensively of the lack of shooters (see Spurs-Grizzlies WCF) this doesn’t mean well for the Clips.
As far as money the most the team could offer him would be the mid-level deal of $5.1 million which is what it would take to get Allen away from the Grizzlies or any other team. According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets will be suitors for Allen.
While teams can’t officially sign players until July 11th, the two parties can verbally agree on a deal.
Update (4:32 pm)
Here’s a tweet from Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times regarding Tony Allen:
Clippers have yet to reach out to free agent guard Tony Allen, though there is some interest there, sources.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 1, 2013