Tag: 2010 free agency

Grizzlies sign Tony Allen

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The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies have closed in on a deal with former Celtics back-up guard Tony Allen. Woj and Spears over at Yahoo! report the deal is for three-years, $10 million, a very reasonable price for a player that played a significant role for the Celtics during their Finals run. 

It’s a smart move for the Grizzlies, getting a solid back-up perimeter defender for a reasonable price. They need one after letting Ronnie Brewer walk. Brewer had been acquired for a first round pick from Utah, but then was hurt, and then renounced without attempting to re-sign him, another a series of questionable Grizzlies moves dating back to the beginning of time. 
The Grizzlies were an explosive offensive unit but desperately needed defensive improvement and production off the bench. Allen showed flashes of offensive ability to go with a defensive skillset that helped lockdown Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in the playoffs. It’ll be interesting to see if Allen gets time with O.J. Mayo at point guard, a move expected to be experimented with during Summer League this week. 

Heat have interest in Zydrunas Ilgauskas

This should make Cavs happy. Did I say happy? I meant, “feel like they were kicked in the back of the head after getting hit in the groin with a tire iron.”
Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald reports that Zydrunas Ilgauskas is “looking into the option” of joining LeBron James, a close personal friend, in Miami for the veteran minimum. Ilgauskas, the Cavs’ main man before James arrived in 2003, helped integrate LeBron to the league and has been on his team ever since. 
Ilgauskas was dismayed last season when first his record-breaking appearance as a Cav night was postponed thanks to Mike Brown electing to DNP-CD him, despite the presence of many Z friends and family that had been brought in for the game. Things couldn’t have gotten better when Z was shipped to Washington for Antawn Jamison. Z was bought out from the Wizards and returned to the Cavs to try and help them win a championship, which obviously did not happen. 
There was a lot of talk that James was the biggest proponent of bringing Z back, even though it was the need to put superstar talent around James that necessitated the trade in the first place. So really, it may end up being that LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland could cost Cavs fans two life-long Cavaliers. 
For the Heat, Z is a perfect fit. Seven feet tall, a veteran, still able to rebound and hit a few jump shots, and knows how to work with LeBron. He fits literally every single one of their needs at center. And he’s a much better option than Juwan Howard, who they’re also considering. This could wind up as a huge move for the Heat. 
That should make Cavs fans feel better about it. Did I say better? I meant…

Magic strongly considering matching Bulls' offer for Redick

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The Orlando Magic must really dislike the restricted free agency system. Because there have been several times where it really seems like they’re just matching offers from other teams out of spite. Last year it was Marcin Gortat, who was frozen in place despite an offer from the Mavericks that would have given him more minutes and an opportunity to be a heavy rotation player.

This year? After the Bulls offered J.J. Redick a 3-year, $20 million deal, Magic GM Otis Smith told ESPN the Mag’s Ric Bucher that he “anticipated” matching the Bulls offer and retaining Redick, despite Orlando being considerably over the luxury tax line.

Redick has grown under Stan Van Gundy, who initially had severe hesitations about the former Duke guard. But Redick’s work on defense, consistency, and poise developed to go alongside his already tremendous perimeter shooting ability, and Redick has been a key part of the Magic’s playoff run the past two seasons.

But this is a similar case of the Magic considering matching an offer out of spite. Redick averaged over 20 minutes per game for the first time in his career last season, and still remains a cog among several components in the Magic back court. I’m not saying that the Magic should do what’s best for Redick. This isn’t college. But they should consider the amount of money they’ll be spending on a player they have no intention of starting or giving heavy minutes to. The Bulls have paid him starter money, you want him to be a backup. Seems like a simple equation.

The Magic may feel pressured to match because of the arms race going on around them. Losing any player in this free agency period means you take a step back while the rest of your Eastern competitors get significantly better, and not just the Miami Thrice.

Smith told ESPN he’ll take the full seven days allotted to consider whether or not to match the offer.