News came out via Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal that the Grizzlies are planning on only offering Tony Allen the veteran’s minimum this coming offseason.
Interesting - @cagrizbeat tells me on the show he's hearing the Grizzlies are only prepared to offer Tony Allen the veteran's minimum.— Peter Edmiston (@peteredmiston) June 21, 2017
TA has been a key component of creating the Grizzlies “Grit-n-Grind” era and has been known as one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA. However, it looks like the Grizzlies aren’t willing to shell out a ton of money to a 35-year-old who has lost a step on defense and can’t shoot.
Tony said himself during the exit interviews that he wasn’t looking to “break the bank” this offseason, so it will be interesting to see if he’s willing to take the veterans minimum to stay with the Grizzlies, especially considering he could get the same amount of money or more from teams like Cleveland, San Antonio, or the Clippers.
It will also be interesting to see what the Grizzlies plan on doing with their other free agents. Are they going to be cheap and offer Z-Bo and Vince low salaries also? Are they preparing to overpay for JaMychal Green or will they let him walk if he costs too much? We’re only in the beginning stages of what is shaping up to be a crazy offseason in the NBA, so get ready for a wild ride.