Pelicans to sign six-time NBA All-Defensive Team performer Tony Allen

Pelicans to sign six-time NBA All-Defensive Team performer Tony Allen

Financial details weren't available, but Allen is expected to accept a veteran's minimum salary. He then suited up for the #Memphis Grizzlies for seven seasons where was a part of the "Grit and Grind" squad, known for their defense and hustle.

Allen is going into his 14th season in the league, during which he'll turn 36 years old.

Veteran forward Tony Allen and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed upon a one-year contract worth US$2.3 million (AU$2.8 million) contract, according to reports.

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The Pelicans have put together a solid supporting cast around big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

It's a sensible signing for the Pelicans, who are in desperate need of help on the wing, especially after the injury to Solomon Hill that will keep him out for an extended period.

Allen averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 27.0 minutes per game for the Memphis Grizzlies last season. This marked the sixth time that Allen was named to the All-Defensive First or Second Teams. Allen was a member of the Celtics' 2008 championship team with Rondo. The Grizzlies made it to the playoffs every year under Allen's presence. So, it came as a pleasant surprise on Monday afternoon when some free agent signing news of relative note was announced.

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