UPDATE via Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld:
Tony Allen agrees to three year, $10 million deal
with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to sources.
Allen wanted to return to Boston at the same
price but the Celtics didn't want to pay him.
TA made $2.5 million last season. I don't understand why the Celtics wouldn't give him a $500,000 raise. It had to be the number of years.
(See previous reports below)
Allen, 28, is an unrestricted free agent and the
Griz are hoping to sign him to a multiyear deal starting at roughly $3
I'd like to think the C's would be willing to match $3 million for Tony Allen. That's not outrageous. I do, however, think this paragraph is amusing:
The Griz decided on Allen because of the defense and
toughness he could bring to the backcourt off the bench.
is also said to like Allen's leadership qualities and championship
given he's played for the title-contending Celtics.
Ok… I like Tony and all… but I don't see TA as a leader. I think he's a nice fit for this Celtics team since his embracing of his defensive role. But I wouldn't look to him as a guy who will lead your young guys to any promised land.
I guess the question is now is… will the Celtics overpay to keep Tony Allen knowing that if he leaves, they can only fill his spot with a veteran minimum guy. Tony has become an important player for this team. The Celtics will need him if they're going to face Miami at all. I wouldn't be shocked if the C's bit the bullet and gave him more than he's actually worth.