You just can’t get rid of Allen.
Unless you’re the Grizzlies. They can trade him.
Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:
Allen is nearly 35, on an expiring contract and in line to receive a major raise next summer. How could the Grizzlies not consider trading him?
But a deal works only if Allen presents more value to another team than Memphis. That’s difficult to envision.
The Grizzlies are 20-12, focused on the present and getting plenty from his defense. Plus, a fan favorite, Allen has helped establish and maintain Memphis’ “Grit and Grind” culture. He has a value to the Grizzlies that might not be matched elsewhere.
As long a that’s the case, he’s not going anywhere. But Memphis should listen in case there’s another team enamored with Allen.