Allen will be available to make his Cavaliers debut Wednesday versus the Nets, Brian Dulik of the Associated Press reports. Allen and Taurean Prince will both be able to make their debuts Wednesday, exactly one week after they were included as part of the four-team trade that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. While both Allen and Prince were present for Friday's 106-103 game against the Knicks, neither was available to play while the trade was still being finalized. Look for Allen to replace JaVale McGee as the Cavs' second-unit center Wednesday, and his arrival will also result in fewer minutes for top option Andre Drummond.
Allen (not injury related) is not expected to debut Friday against the Knicks, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. There's at least one player from the recent trade that needs to pass his physical, and that prevents all players involved from playing. Allen's debut will likely occur Wednesday against the Nets, his former team, as the Sunday and Monday games against the Wizards have been postponed.
Allen was traded to the Cavaliers on Wednesday as part of a multi-team deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. As expected, the Nets gave up a king's ransom to acquire James Harden, sending out Allen, Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and Rodions Kurucs, in addition to three unprotected first-round picks and four unprotected pick swaps. Rather than landing in Houston, Allen will be re-routed to Cleveland, along with teammate Taurean Prince. For Allen, it's not an ideal landing spot, given the presence of Andre Drummond, as well as Kevin Love and Larry Nance. Just over a week ago, Allen had taken over as the Nets' starting center, and he averaged 13.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in five games as the starter.
Allen finished with 15 points (6-7 FG, 3-3 FT), 10 boards, one assist and one block in 33 minutes in the 129-116 loss to the Thunder on Sunday. Allen recorded his fifth double-double of the season in the loss. After failing to record a double-double in his first three games with double-digit rebounds to start the season, Allen has picked up the scoring effort. He's now scored at least 12 points in his last five games. He'll face the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Allen recorded 12 points (3-7 FG, 6-7 FT), six rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block across 30 minutes in Friday's loss against the Grizzlies. Allen has been a double-double machine this season, reaching that feat in four of his last six games. He has made three straight starts for the Nets and has scored at least 12 points in each one while averaging 11.7 rebounds per game in that span. It's a small sample size, but that should be enough to trust him in most formats as long as he remains in the starting lineup.
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