Denver Nuggets: Tony Allen Would Be an Excellent Signing

By Ryan Heckman


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One of the more underrated names on the free agency market this summer is Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen. Not really known as an All Star type talent, Allen spends most of his energy on being a defensive pest to the league’s biggest stars.

Allen is one of the elite defenders in the NBA and could help a playoff team reach the next level on that side of the ball. The Denver Nuggets were great offensively last season, but losing their best defender in Andre Iguodala to free agency is going to hurt tremendously in that respect.

For this reason, the Nuggets should take a look at Allen this coming week. He wouldn’t fill any offensive holes at the wing spots, but defensively he could give the Nuggets the type of perimeter defender they are in need of.

New head coach Brian Shaw comes from a great defensive atmosphere, assisting Frank Vogel in making the Indiana Pacers one of the better and more physical teams in the league. A guy like Allen could make his job just a bit easier in his first year as coach.

If the Nuggets could replace Iguodala, defensively at least, with someone like Allen they would be one step closer to filling that void completely. The great part about going after Allen is that he will be far cheaper than Iguodala and the Nuggets would still have plenty of room to work with in filling out the rest of their needs.

Denver is one of the rumored interested teams and are joined by Memphis and Indiana as the teams atop the list in the race to sign Allen. I would have a tough time believing the Grizzlies would let him go easily, so the Nuggets better be prepared to offer a decent amount of money — again, not Iguodala level, but enough.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.]

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