Memphis Grizzlies are tired of holding on to Tony Allen, whose defence tends to look shabby whenever he is covered by a big man from the other team. Now who could want to take on somebody like Tony Allen? His offensive isn’t really that good, but he is better at defence.
Yibada reports that one possible spot could be with the New Orleans Pelicans who are looking to trade their lemon, Eric Gordon. More importantly, Pelicans’ fast paced offensive engineered by Alvin Gentry fails to make the impact that it is supposed to make only because the team doesn’t have anybody guarding the rear and making a solid defensive play in the back.
The other spot could be with Houston Rockets, who have similar problems when it comes to defence. The Rockets are flailing at the eleventh spot in the Western Conference. Allen would obviously strengthen their defence and they would be better equipped to man the offensive end properly. James Harden, specifically would love the move; heaven knows his offence has fallen flat many times, because they couldn’t give him a good defence.
But it seems surprising that the Memphis Grizzlies would want to trade someone who is part of their core and has been useful so far. Granted that Allen’s game is slipping and he is fast becoming a liability, but that could all change with a slight stroke of luck. Grizzlies aren’t really out of the championship yet. They can still make it to the top of the heap. Should they trade a player from their grit and grind core just to add novelty to their game? Probably not. We are not even sure that it would be a good trade. But the truth remains that Tony Allen is the most underrated player in the Grizzlies’s roster. And it isn’t just his own team.
Other teams also underestimate his play, because some of them don’t even put a defender on him. If I were the team coach, I would have used this opportunity to sucker punch the other team with clever moves by Allen when they weren’t even looking.
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