Tony Allen and the grit and grind mentality will not be going anywhere this summer. The defensive ace and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed on a four-year $20 million contract.
Tony Allen has agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
Allen drew quite a bit of interest early in free agency, but it didn’t take him long to make a decision and return to Memphis. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks all expressed interest in the defensive specialist.
Tony turned to Twitter to express his excitement, and also thanked the Bucks organization for their interest in his services.
I want to give a huge shout out to Coach Drew and the Milwaukee organization for having such a high interest in me.
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) July 3, 2013
While Allen has been a huge part of the Grizzlies’ superior defense, he was also part of the problem when the team ran into the San Antonio Spurs in last season’s Western Conference Finals. Allen was unable to stretch the floor for Memphis, which allowed the Spurs to heavily focus on interior defense. Still, Allen has been a good fit with the Grizzlies and has been awarded with a long-term contract.