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Reports: Grizzlies re-sign Tony Allen to four-year extension

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Tony Allen is staying with the Grizzlies. (USATSI)
Tony Allen is staying with the Grizzlies. (USATSI)

Grit and Grind is not going anywhere. According to multiple reports, the Grizzlies have agreed to terms with Tony Allen on a four-year, $20 million extension.

The deal can't become official until July 10 when the free agency moratorium is lifted.

Here's what Allen had to say about it:

Allen was said to be pursued by a few other teams, including the Clippers, Pistons, Kings and Hawks.

Known for his defense and toughness, Allen kind of embodies the identity of the Grizzlies, a blue collar, competitive, tough player that gets by on energy and effort.

Allen's deal is a bit interesting in that he'll be 35 when it expires. And at $5 million a year, he's going to be pretty well paid as a defensive specialist.

Allen, 31, averaged 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 76 games last season.

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