The Memphis Grizzlies is making Tony Allen available for a trade this season, according to the latest NBA rumors.
The team known as the “Grit ‘N Grind” the previous years is making its shift to a more offense-friendly style. Trading the defensive wingman could be their next move in accomplishing a new identity for the team.
Teams are gauging interest in Tony Allen and Griz are listening, per sources. Griz engaged T'Wolves with Allen trade talk in 2014.
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) December 18, 2016
Mentioned in the trade speculations as the Grizzlies’ trade partners are the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have once again struggled this season. According to reports, the T’Wolves tried to trade for Allen back in 2014.
Tony Allen possible trade destinations
Aside from the Timberwolves, there are other teams that could be interested in Allen. Mainly, the playoff or title contenders that need to improve their defense on the wings.
Trade to Minnesota Timberwolves for Nemanja Bjelica
Bjelica is a 28-year-old prospect so they would prefer sticking with the younger guys in the team.
Getting Allen means pairing him alongside the offensive-minded Andrew Wiggins. Minnesota’s perimeter defense will improve with the arrival of Allen to help out the young team’s struggles on this end.
For the Grizzlies, they add depth from the power forward position to help out JaMychal Green and Zach Randolph.
Trade to Indiana Pacers for Monta Ellis
The salaries don’t match so the Grizzlies have to include a trade filler (Brandan Wright, $5.7 million) in this deal with the Pacers.
The Pacers get a defensive wingman to pair alongside star Paul George. Memphis gets a true scorer off the bench in Ellis.
Trade to Portland Trail Blazers for Al-Farouq Aminu, Noah Vonleh
To match the salaries again, the Grizzlies need to include Wright in this deal with Portland.
The Trail Blazers are struggling with their current roster and Allen will provide defensive toughness on the perimeter. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum can focus more on their scoring.
The Grizzlies gets Aminu, who will be a good option off the bench at the forward spots. And Vonleh adds depth to their big man rotation.
Which team should try to aggressively acquire Tony Allen before the trade deadline in February? Should Memphis let go of their veteran?
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