The LA Clippers are showing an interest in bringing Tony Allen to the franchise.
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the LA Clippers will face competition for his signature from potential Western Conference rivals Minnesota Timberwolves. However, the Timberwolves are expected to sign former Clipper Jamal Crawford on a two-year deal which would pave the way for the Clippers to sign Allen.
Allen is a veteran shooting guard who has been with the Memphis Grizzlies for the last seven years. He averaged 9.1 points, 1.4 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.62 steals per game last season, appearing 71 times. The 35-year old has proved to be a solid role player for Memphis over the years. He has been named in the NBA All-Defensive Teams six times in his seven years with the Grizzlies.
Allen has also worked with Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers during his time with the Boston Celtics where they won the NBA Championship together in 2008. Allen played a crucial role in that team. And Rivers was full of praise of the 35-year old during his recent interview with ESPN’s The Undefeated.
If signed, the former Oklahoma State Cowboy can prove to be an important player for the Clippers who will be looking to stay competitive in the West next season. The Clippers are looking to add depth in the shooting guard position. And Allen will likely slot in behind Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson.
Tony Allen is known for his grit and mettle on the court. While the veteran may not be one of the best defenders in the league anymore, he has proved that he can still match up with some of the league’s best guards.