Boston Celtics Flashback: Letting Tony Allen Leave

By Rob Lunder
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An awful decision by the Boston Celtics and GM Danny Ainge was allowing current Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen to leave the organization as a free agent after the completion of the 2009-2010 NBA season.

Allen was a great player for the franchise. He played tremendous defense during his tenure and in particular, did a tremendous job covering Lebron James and Kobe Bryant during the team’s numerous playoff runs. He was never going to lead the league in scoring, but his ability to play on-ball defense and guard the opponent’s best wing player every night was a true asset to the organization and head coach Doc Rivers.

In hindsight, it looks like an awful decision to let Allen go. He got a three-year deal from Memphis for roughly $3 million per, and it is quite frustrating to Celtics fans as to why they couldn’t have given him that type of contract. Were they being too cheap? No one knows, but that type of contract is easily absorb-able, even if they had to tinker with the back end of their roster.

The Celtics could have continued to use Allen during the rest of the Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen tenure in Boston. The team still had a championship window for the most part, and who knows what would have happened in the Miami Heat series if the team had both Allen and Avery Bradley guarding James and Dwyane Wade.

They probably still would have gotten most of their points, but boy, would they have had to work to get them.

The decision to let Allen go is one that still draws up much confusion.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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