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The Wolves have pursued free agents Dante Cunningham, Tony Allen and their own Shabazz Muhammad, among others, but haven’t yet reached agreements with anyone.
McDonough, who flew overseas Tuesday to watch forward Dragan Bender play for Croatia in the EuroBasket 2017 championships, said the Suns might work out players over the next week or two to see if any “stand out.” But, he said, it’s unlikely Phoenix would sign a veteran to replace Reed. That would seem to eliminate free agents such as Tony Allen, Monta Ellis or former Suns guard Leandro Barbosa.
Darren Wolfson: In addition to T. Allen, one FA the #Twolves remain interested in is Ian Clark, I hear. Word also is he’s turned down other minimum offers.
Tim MacMahon: Clippers and Timberwolves are two teams I’ve heard that have interest in Tony Allen. Doc Rivers, Thibs have ties to him from Celtics days.
Peter Edmiston: Interesting – @cagrizbeat Ronald Tillery tells me on the show he’s hearing the Grizzlies are only prepared to offer Tony Allen the veteran’s minimum.
Allen and Zach Randolph are both unrestricted free agents after this season. That means they are guaranteed to play just four more home games. Two regular-season games, and two playoff home games. After that, who knows? “I’ve already talked to the front office, and if it works out for us that we can have him back, I love him,” said Fizdale when asked about Allen’s future with the team. “But I also know that we have to make some decisions based on what’s best for the unit. That’s where we’ll come together and we’ll see what’s on the table and we’ll give our input on what gives us our best chance moving forward.”
In other words, maybe the Grizzlies will be able to afford Allen, maybe they won’t. They already have $74 million tied up in Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons next season. So you can imagine that they might find a way to bring Allen back on a two-year contract. Or you can imagine they might look at Wayne Selden’s prototypical NBA body and $1.3 million salary and try and persuade themselves — wrongly, I think — that Selden can do what Allen can do for less than half the price.
Allen, for one, isn’t dwelling on it. Perhaps because it pains him too much. “I don’t even want to think about that,” he said. “What I embody for this organization, everything that I embody, it would be almost like a divorce if I go somewhere.”
“Even if I don’t sign here, I’m going to still live here,” he said. “I’m thankful, I’m glad that the city embraced me, my hard work and my work ethic. That’s what made that connection, that bond, that made me want to call myself a Memphian. You know I’m born in Chicago but I’m a Memphian.”
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September 23, 2017 | 8:42 pm EDT Update
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