Teams around the league are gauging interest for Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen. The team had previously engaged in trade talks for Allen with the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2014, sources told Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.
With the recent offensive spurts of Virginia Commonwealth standout Troy Daniels, the Grizzlies could dangle All-NBA defender Allen in trade talks now that they’re sure Daniels can perform on a nightly basis.
Memphis badly needs another scorer in the lineup as most of the workload has been shouldered by center Marc Gasol and point guard Mike Conley, who has shot a combined 5-of-23 from the floor since coming back miraculously from a spinal injury two games ago.
The 34-year-old Allen, while still a top-class defender, is in his last few years of his career athletically. the team is trying to forge a younger squad, hence giving JaMychal Green the starting forward spot and keeping the more effective Zach Randolph on the bench.
While the team isn’t necessarily fishing for starter material, they’d rather get some assets for a team that is in dire need of a perimeter lockdown presence and get fresh blood to acclimate to their system, which they’ve done with the likes of Daniels and James Ennis.