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Tony Allen | Guard/Forward | #9

Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 213
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (25) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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The Clippers and Timberwolves have expressed interest in Tony Allen.
Allen is 35 but still performed at a high level on the defensive end of the floor last season, leading the NBA in steal percentage (3.1). Also, Allen led all guards in offensive rebounds (166) and offensive rebounds per game (2.3). He has previously played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau. We shall see if he reunites with one of them. Jul 13 - 9:46 AM

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The Clippers have "engaged" the Grizzlies for a possible sign-and-trade deal involving Tony Allen, according to's David Aldridge.

After losing Zach Randolph to Sacramento, losing Allen would have quite the impact on the Grizzlies' identity. Allen is 35 years old and he's missed at least 11 games in each of the last four seasons, so he wouldn't get more than around 25 minutes per game. Clippers coach Doc Rivers does have some experience with TA in Boston.
Jul 5 - 4:12 PM

Tony Allen is "likely to sign quickly" in free agency, according to's David Aldridge.

There's no doubt the Grizzlies would like to have The Grindfather back at FedEx Forum next year, but Allen isn't going to take a veteran minimum. A lot of teams could use a guy like Allen to help with identity and depth, so maybe a younger team with cap space makes a run at T.A.
Jun 29 - 3:52 PM

The Grizzlies aren't willing to offer Tony Allen more than the veteran's minimum this summer, according to sources of Memphis beat reporter Ronald Tillery.

Allen is 35 years old and beginning to lose some of his luster as a defensive stalwart, so it wouldn't make much sense to give him a massive deal. However, he might be able to secure an offer for slightly more than the minimum outside of Memphis. Either way, there won't be many leagues where The Grindfather will be worthy of a draft pick next season.
Jun 21 - 10:52 AM

Unrestricted free agent Tony Allen (calf) is confident he will stay in Memphis next season.

"I'm not trying to break the bank," Allen said. In other words, it sounds like Allen is willing to give a hometown discount. Up until the last game of the year, Allen was fairly healthy this season with 71 games played. His calf string in the regular-season finale cost him a playoff run, but he'll be healthy before summer.
Apr 28 - 2:29 PM

Tony Allen (calf) is out of his walking boot and is conditioning on a stationary bike.

He's still very doubtful for the series against the Spurs. Coach David Fizdale went with James Ennis in the starting lineup and it worked to get a win after two blowup losses. Wayne Selden, Vince Carter and Ennis figure to take on most of the minutes on the wings.
Apr 21 - 3:56 PM

Tony Allen (calf) will not play in Game 3 on Thursday.

He's out indefinitely with a calf strain, which usually requires a couple weeks on the sidelines. The Grizzlies have missed Allen terribly and have to figure out how to stop a red-hot Kawhi Leonard. Vince Carter, James Ennis and Andrew Harrison should pick up some wing minutes.
Apr 19 - 6:10 PM

Tony Allen (right leg) will miss Game 2 against the Spurs on Monday.

He's "out indefinitely" and we might not see him at all this postseason. With Allen on the sidelines, Wayne Selden could be looking at another start and there will be more minutes available for guys like Vince Carter, James Ennis and Troy Daniels.

Tony Allen (calf) has been diagnosed with a strain of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in his right leg and will be out indefinitely.

According to the team he "will be continually re-evaluated while beginning rehab immediately." Allen suffered the injury in the first half on Wednesday, so that has to sting even more considering that game meant nothing to the Grizzles. With Allen out, Kawhi Leonard should have an easier time and post some big numbers after a subpar season series against them. Expect Vince Carter, Troy Daniels and maybe James Ennis to pick up some extra minutes.
Apr 13 - 5:40 PM

Tony Allen (right leg) will not return against the Mavs on Wednesday.

he cramped up in the first quarter, so hopefully this is precautionary. There should be a good amount of Vince Carter, Andrew Harrison and Troy Daniels tonight.
Apr 12 - 8:33 PM

Memphis coach David Fizdale is hopeful that the Grizzlies will re-sign Tony Allen.

"I’ve already talked to the front office, and if it works out for us that we can have him back, I love him," Fizdale said. "But I also know that we have to make some decisions based on what’s best for the unit. That’s where we’ll come together and we’ll see what’s on the table and we’ll give our input on what gives us our best chance moving forward." The Grizzlies already have $74 million tied up in Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons, so re-signing him won't be easy. As for his health, Fizdale said Allen's knee "will always ache," but added that he's ready to go for the playoffs.
Apr 10 - 10:06 AM

Tony Allen (eye) had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 28 minutes vs. OKC on Wednesday.

Allen started the game, sending James Ennis back to the bench. The fact that Allen sat out Tuesday's game should reduce the likelihood of a DNP-CD down the stretch, although the Grizzlies' loss tonight does make it a near-certainty that they won't overtake OKC for the No. 6 seed.
Apr 5 - 11:14 PM

Tony Allen (left eye) will play Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

The eye issue forced Allen to the sidelines on Tuesday, but it's only going to be a one-game absence. Feel free to get the steals specialist active.
Apr 5 - 6:31 PM

Tony Allen (left eye) is questionable to play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

He missed Tuesday's game and is likely going to be a game-time decision for today. If Allen can't go, Troy Daniels, Vince Carter, Wade Baldwin and James Ennis could get some additional playing time.
Apr 5 - 4:22 PM

Tony Allen (left eye) will not play Tuesday vs. San Antonio.

This the first game a back-to-back for Memphis, so it is not surprising to see Allen sidelined. Troy Daniels is expected to draw the start. Wade Baldwin and Vince Carter will also likely see an uptick in minutes.
Apr 4 - 7:11 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Mike Conley
2Andrew Harrison
3Wade Baldwin
4Mario Chalmers
SG1Tyreke Evans
2Wayne Selden
3Ben McLemore
4Troy Daniels
5Kobi Simmons
SF1Chandler Parsons
2James Ennis
3Dillon Brooks
4Rade Zagorac
PF1JaMychal Green
2Jarell Martin
3Ivan Rabb
C1Marc Gasol
2Brandan Wright
3Deyonta Davis