Word broke this afternoon that Tony Allen has been suspended by the Memphis Grizzlies for a violation of team policy. That is to say, it was something internal and not anything that happened on the court.
Not to speculate, but this could be for something as simple as being late for a meeting. It could also be for something more serious. If the details are ever released I'll make sure to update everyone.
Regardless, it leaves the Grizzlies shorthanded for tonight's game against the Jazz, especially when you combine Allen's suspension with the likely sitting of Zach Randolph and Beno Udrih from illnesses.
Dave Joerger has some juggling to do tonight. Jon Leuer could replace Zach Randolph in the starting lineup, or he could slide Jeff Green to power forward and put Tony Allen back in the starting lineup at small forward. Nick Calathes will see plenty of time tonight as the lone backup to Mike Conley. And heck, who knows ... Vince Carter might make an appearance. (!!!!!)
Tony Allen is suspended for tonights game vs Jazz. Internal matters. Will be back for Houston gm tomorrow— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) March 3, 2015
Beno, Tony Allen and Z-Bo all out? Too bad it's too late to get Stokes and Russ Smith on plane.— Chris Herrington (@HerringtonNBA) March 3, 2015
Being suspended is pretty much the only reason that Tony Allen shouldn't start over Jeff Green.— Matt Hrdlicka (@theRealHrdlicka) March 3, 2015
Tonight just got fascinating.— Joe Mullinax (@JoeMullinax) March 3, 2015
And a suggestion from our own Chip Williams:
Conley Adams Lee Green Gasol - starting 5 #JustBecause— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) March 4, 2015