May 25, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) shoots a free throw in game three of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at FedEx Forum. San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-93, and lead the series 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency: Tony Allen reaches Deal to Re-sign with Grizzlies

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Update: Alex Kennedy and Adrian Wojnarowski have officially broken the signing!:

Tony Allen returns to the Memphis Grizzlies on a four-year contract worth $20 million. Great signing, Memphis.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2013

Exciting news for Grizz fans! THE GRINDFATHER IS RETURNING HOME. To get a sense of what the lead up to the breaking news was like (because really, it was more than a little funny) read the rest of the post below. And please follow the bottom link if you wanna get a better sense of what the Grizzlies cap space is going to look like now that TA is coming back on $5 million a year.

Allen was essentially the spiritual core of the Grizzlies, and the physical embodiment of the Grit and Grind system. Also, he’s pretty clearly the best perimeter defender in the league. There are lot of players who could have filled Allen’s role, but there’s no one else who really deserved it.

Welcome home.

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Just a few minutes ago, the Grindfather returned to Twitter, tweeting out this message:

That would seem like a good sign regarding Free Agency negotiations, especially considering that Allen reportedly recently met with members of the front office.

Immediately following Allen’s tweet, this tweet was sent out fellow Grizzlies blogger Ronald Tillery:

Similarly, Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld and USA Today sports posted an encouraging message regarding TA’s return to Memphis.

There’s no official report as of yet, only really good signs, so we’ll be adding updates to this post as more information becomes available, including more official reports and probable deal terms.

In the meantime, maybe read up on what a Tony Allen return would mean for the rest of the Grizzlies’ Free Agency:

——On Tony Allen and the Grizzlies’ Cap Room—-

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