May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) celebrates in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Tony Allen Meeting With Levien And Joerger


To the extent that the Grizzlies can do anything this offseason, their plans more or less hinge on what Memphis decides to do with Tony Allen, who they own the Bird Rights for.

Today, on the first official day of Free Agency, reports have it that Allen is already meeting with Jason Levien and new coach Dave Joerger.

The plan, then, would seem to be that the Grizzlies want TA back. Other rumors indicate that Tony Allen is drawing interest from the Pacers, Bucks, Knicks, and particularly the Clippers.

The good news from Grizzlies fans is that the Grizzlies have significantly more to offer Allen than any of the other teams. Like the other teams, Memphis is comfortably over the cap. But thanks to Memphis’ Bird Rights, the Grizzlies can offer Allen up to $7.25 million and still have the max MLE. Comparatively, the other teams would have to use the various levels of MLE to sign Allen.

Meaning, the Grizzlies have at least $2.1 million more to offer Allen than any of the other teams who are interested so far.

So, here’s hoping the meaning goes well.

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