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Tony Allen | Guard/Forward | #24

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
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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Tony Allen (ankle) came off the bench for two rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes during his Pelicans' debut on Wednesday.
The veteran was dealing with soreness but his DNP in the preseason finale was just a precaution. He received a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd in Memphis tonight, and fantasy owners remember him fondly as a steals specialist, but at this stage of his career he's not worth owning. Oct 19 - 1:46 AM

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Coach Alvin Gentry said that he expects Tony Allen (ankle) to play Wednesday vs. Memphis.

Allen did not play in the Pelicans preseason finale last Friday due to soreness in his ankle. Even when Allen is fully healthy, the Pelicans will limit his minutes in hopes of keeping the 35-year old fresh for the full season. Allen only has value as a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Oct 17 - 1:32 PM

Tony Allen (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

It's just soreness, so he should be OK for the opener. This game is in Memphis and owner Robert Pera announced today that the team will retire The Grindfather's No. 9 jersey at some point in the future. This year, the Pelicans will likely limit his minutes at times, so it's tough to use him in fantasy even if he starts.
Oct 12 - 2:47 PM

Tony Allen made his Pelicans debut on Sunday with two points, one turnover and no other stats to his credit in 10 minutes.

The Pelicans added the 35-year-old defensive specialist to solidify their wing rotation, but they're not going to over-work him, especially in the preseason. Rajon Rondo's core-muscle injury creates even more question marks for coach Alvin Gentry's rotation, but no matter what happens Allen is just a steals specialist.
Oct 8 - 9:58 PM

Tony Allen acknowledged that his minutes would likely fluctuate this season in New Orleans.

Allen started the vast majority of games he played in over the last five years with the Grizzlies but realizes that won't be the case with the Pelicans. "I'm going to be put in situations or lineups where some days I might start, some days I might play five minutes," Allen said. "It's just being ready to do whatever it takes for the team to win ball games." With Solomon Hill (hamstring) sidelined, the Pels needs Allen's defense, but he can still be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 29 - 1:38 PM

Pelicans sign G/F Tony Allen.

Sure, the Pelicans need shooting, but they are desperate for perimeter defense. Allen has picked up plenty of starts at small forward over his last three years, so he could get some starts there while Solomon Hill (hamstring) is on the shelf. Allen still isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 15 - 6:11 PM

Tony Allen is in the process of finalizing a one-year deal with the Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Allen might be able to start at small forward with how thin the Pelicans are there, but even if he comes off the bench, he should still see a decent amount of minutes on the wings in New Orleans. That being said, Allen can't be viewed as anything more than a steals specialist in deep leagues.
Sep 11 - 5:22 PM

Free agent G/F Tony Allen is still being pursued by the Wolves.

The Wolves have also been linked to Dante Cunningham and Shabazz Muhammad, but barring a roster move, the best they can offer is a minimum deal. Allen is getting up in there in age at 35, but he's still one of the league's best perimeter defenders and coach Tom Thibodeau would certainly find a use for him in his second unit.
Sep 7 - 9:44 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Jameer Nelson
3Ian Clark
4Frank Jackson
SG1Jrue Holiday
2E'Twaun Moore
3Tony Allen
SF1Darius Miller
2Solomon Hill
PF1Anthony Davis
2Dante Cunningham
3Cheick Diallo
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Alexis Ajinca
3Omer Asik