THE Memphis Grizzlies will have to continue to grit and grind without the ‘Grindfather’ as free agent Tony Allen has reportedly agreed to join the New Orleans Pelicans.
Sources within the NBA told The Vertical’s Shams Charania that the 13-year veteran Allen was finalizing a one-year deal with the Pelicans on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time). Sources then added to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that both sides have agreed to the contract worth $2.3 million.
The 35-year-old Allen gives the Pelicans a boost on the wings after losing Solomon Hill for most of the upcoming season due to a hamstring injury. He’s coming off a successful seven-season stint with the Grizzlies where he made the NBA All-Defensive team six times.
With the Pelicans, Allen joins new recruits Rajon Rondo and Ian Clark to add some veteran experience to a core that features All-Star big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Last season, Allen averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 71 games for Memphis.