Sunday, July 11th, 2010 at 4:30 pm  |  28 responses

Tony Allen Set To Sign With Memphis

A bit back Tony Allen said he thought he’d be a Celtic for life. Today it seems that won’t happen, as the Commercial Appeal reports: “The Grizzlies are close to agreeing on a contract with Boston Celtics free agent swingman Tony Allen, The Commercial Appeal has learned. Allen, 28, is an unrestricted free agent and the Griz are hoping to sign him to a multiyear deal starting at roughly $3 million. The defensive-minded player just completed his sixth season with the Celtics, who selected the 6-4 Allen with the 25th pick in the 2004 NBA draft. Signing Allen would mean Memphis would completely severe ties with Ronnie Brewer…”

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  • giogolo

    there goes guarding Kobe..and wade..

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Seems like a great deal. Wish he would stay as a role player on a contender.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    He’s there to guard Kobe in the first round.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    This would be a huge loss for Boston and a great gain for Memphis. The Grizzlies keep inching closer to the playoffs in the west.

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  • olddirtyphil

    I really wish he’d stay in boston. Not alot of guys choose to go to memphis its like what cleveland could up being in the future.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    celtic for life hahaha famous last words>

  • Jose

    This is Gonna Be a Significant loss for The C’s No doubt.

  • tgm

    yeah boy celtic for life!!!! WHAT? more money? free cookies? IM IN! F*** GREEN

  • Jelte

    Big loss for the Celts – he’s good enough to be a starter!

  • kudos

    I believe he said celtic for life after the win where he contributed. The last two games consisted of him missing point-blank layups and doing many mano-e-mano charges. Good for the Celtics.

  • ClydeSays

    Meh. Can’t see what he brings to Memphis, who will be better thN people think this season. He was a decent bench player for the C’s but even at 28 he could never deliver consistently. He’d make a great play, get all worked up, then he’d turn the ball over. Like clockwork Not sure he’ll ever get that under control.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Hope this move helps Brewer land in the Chi

  • Celts Fan

    @jelte – don’t let the D fool you. He dribbles like a drunken amputee and shoots even worse. Solid piece but he will never be a starter in the NBA for a team that wins more than 3 games

  • Fat Lever

    The only league he would be a starter in is in the NBDL.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Memphis why in the HE DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS would you sign this dude to any contract. WHAT IS AMERICA COMING TOO?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    ronnie is better

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol @ The Seed….yeah he can’t shoot a fish in a barrel but an athletic defender with decent handle don’t come by too often

  • Lazarus

    celts wouldnt give him a guaranteed 3rd year so tony allen got frustrated and came grizz. huge loss for celts imo.

  • BostonBaller

    It’s a loss for us on D, I like TA for what he was. He played good D on tough players and would give you some hussle offensive plays (dunks and sometimes nice slashes to the hoop. I got nervous every time he had to dribble but I will miss him. I also think he will miss being on this team just as much if not more than we miss him. Just like when other guys leave for the money they find out it’s not always greener…we missed Posey but he missed the playoff money. lol.

  • I am the walrus

    Match the damn contract Boston. It’ll be a shame to see him go. If Tony walks then the C’s should sign Richard Jefferson, he seemed to work wonders for the Spurs…

  • ClydeSays

    Actually RJ or Brewer would be good pickups for the Cs. They need a playmaker to be effective and the Cs have one.

  • slawson

    Now the only Danny-era draft picks that remain are Davis, Rondo and Perk.

  • slawson

    Tony spent more time injured and in court than he actually spent on the court during his time in Boston. The only time he ever looked good on offense was on a fast break, where he didn’t have to put the ball on the floor more than once. I don’t regard this as a huge loss at all, especially considering his history of injuries.

  • vtrobot

    i’ve watched tony play (and sit and be injured) for a bunch of years in boston and i think i would want ronnie b. more than TA if i were the grizzlies. maybe i haven’t seen enough of the downside of ronnie, but he seems to have great energy and pretty solid skills.

  • http://celticknightk3@aol.com Celtic Knight

    Like what people said earlier his scary and inconsistant offense won’t be missed but definately decent defense. I hate one sided players so in reality it is really not a huge loss HA HA those people are so sure of themselves that Boston had a great loss is so laughable! All we have to do is pick somebody up that can play both ends of the court.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    If Tony leaves I think the Cs will definitely miss his defense off the bench and his ability to attack the basket. He had a solid year, perhaps even peaking, so I can’t blame him for taking guaranteed money from Memphis.

  • rICO

    ta left boston scratching their heads. i cant wait to see ta shut down ray allen!! its time for ta to step out of paul and ray shadows. i bet he start and come close to making the allstar team and help memphis get in the playoffs! he did the opposite of what lebron did… kudo’s