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Tony Allen: ‘I ain’t thinking about free agency. I’m thinking about a championship.’

Apr 5, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

Tony Allen, Luke Ridnour

Tony Allen, who’s 31 years old and making $3.3 million this year, will become a free agent this summer. In all likelihood, this will be his last chance to secure a relatively big contract, though he says he’s not thinking that way. Via Ronald Tillery of Memphis Commercial Appeal:

“I’m bleeding blue right now, so I haven’t thought past the Grizzlies,” Allen said when asked about the Portland Trail Blazers as a possible destination after a Grizzlies win Wednesday night in the Rose Garden. “I ain’t thinking about free agency. I’m thinking about a championship.”

Defense is so difficult to quantify, it’s often seen as the space between offense (which is much easier to assess) and winning. For an elite perimeter defender like Allen, his value could easily be inflated by the perception he has positive intangibles. A deep Grizzlies playoff run would cement his status as “a winner,” and teams favor winners in free agency.

So, Allen should absolutely think about a championship. It will pay off.

  1. memphismiracle - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Tony Allen is awesome.

  2. dirtydavis - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Grizzlies 2013 nba champs

    • kinggw - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Only in NBA 2K13

    • hehateme2 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      No chance. The HEAT Own the World!

  3. dysraw1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    good attitude for any player

  4. miamatt - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Just got a hold of the Biff Tannen’s 2015 sports almanac.

    Welcome to the Miami Heat, Tony Allen.

  5. cmart0907 - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    He is worth more than 3.3mil a year. Somewhere around 6 a year he is Memphis defense anchor. He should sign like a 4yr/24 mil contract.

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