Storyline: Tony Allen Free Agency

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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.
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