Source: Blazers exploring free agent Tony Allen

Source: Blazers exploring free agent Tony Allen
June 30, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Late Sunday night the Portland Trail Blazers contacted the representatives of unrestricted free agent guard Tony Allen, a league source conveyed to

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the free agency period, says at that at this point, the reason for the conversation was merely “exploratory” with interest on both sides.

They are expected to resume discussions shortly during the free agency period. As of now, no meeting has been scheduled.

Allen, 31, has played for the Memphis Grizzlies the past three seasons. He is one of the best perimeter defenders the game has to offer. But even more, his leadership skills and knack for holding players accountable might be more appealing to teams.

The 6-4 shooting guard appeared in 79 games during the 2012-13 season and posted numbers of 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.7 minutes per game.

He was the leading vote getter for 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Team.