Marc Stein: OKC had exploratory discussions with Derrick Rose, Tony Allen and others, league sources say, but Brewer was OKC’s inevitable top target in the wake of the Andre Roberson injury. And as we touched on yesterday, with Billy Donovan as lead recruiter, OKC wasn’t going to lose out.
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Paul Garcia: Tony Allen has cleared waivers and is eligible to sign with a playoff team that has interest in him.
Bobby Marks: Tony Allen is now eligible to be claimed by all teams except New Orleans (and Chicago). Allen is on a minimum contract and teams will need to have a roster spot open. The claim order is based on record. Allen will clear waivers on Sunday.
Nick Friedell: Bulls announce that they have officially waived Tony Allen.
Sirius XM NBA: “One name I’d keep an eye on that could sort of be a proxy for Andre Roberson, is Tony Allen… He’s a guy that can give them some of that defensive grit and toughness that they loose” @dg_riff on what the Thunder might do to improve their roster.
KC Johnson: Paxson said Omer Asik and Jameer Nelson will meet Bulls in LA tomorrow. Said they’ve made no decision on Tony Allen, though sources said plans are to waive him.
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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If Luka Doncic isn’t taken No. 1 overall then there’s a chance he’ll fall a few picks. According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, the Kings and Hawks, owners of the No. 2 and 3 overall picks respectively, are expected to target American frontcourt players.
In the official press conference after winning the EuroLeague title and the MVP award with Real Madrid, Doncic was asked if he is about to continue the legacy of ex-Yugoslavian players in the NBA. “I will decide soon, but now I am focused on celebrating”, he said with a smile, avoiding the question. “When the time comes about the NBA I will decide”.
As the Jazz roster languishes in the very beginning of construction for next season, Sefolosha probably holds the most wide-ranging of situations. Depending on moves made over the summer, one can make a reasonable argument for him being Utah’s starting power forward when training camp starts. There’s a reasonable scenario where Sefolosha isn’t brought back at all.
“There’s definitely a little uncertainty,” Sefolosha said. “Nothing is written in stone. Obviously, the injury (Sefolosha missed the second half of the season after knee surgery following an MCL injury) is something that I couldn’t control. But I would love to come back and have a full season. Utah is a fit for me.”
Sources tell The Tribune that the Jazz value Sefolosha’s locker room presence and leadership off the floor. Indeed, Sefolosha was able to make an instant impact on the likes of Donovan Mitchell and Royce O’Neale.