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.
Hearing that Jason Levien and Dave Joerger are meeting with Tony Allen right now.
— Chris Herrington (@FlyerGrizBlog) July 1, 2013
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.
Clippers now want Tony Allen instead of Arron Afflalo
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) July 1, 2013
— Bball News and Swag (@BestBballSwag) July 1, 2013
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.