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T. Allen agrees to sign with Grizzlies

WEEI.com has confirmed with a source that Tony Allen [1] has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies [2]. The Memphis Commercial Appeal [3] first reported the agreement.

Allen, an unrestricted free agent, has spent his entire career with the Celtics [4] since being drafted in 2004. He excelled this postseason as a defensive stopper and played a critical role in containing Kobe Bryant [5], LeBron James [6], and Dwyane Wade [7].

Allen told WEEI.com [8] during the playoffs that he would like to return to the Celtics next season … and beyond.

‘€œI am a Celtic,’€ he said. ‘€œI love being a Celtic. It’€™d mean everything in the world [return next season].’€

He added, ‘€œI mean, things happen but I feel like I’€™m going to be a Celtic for life.’€

Should Allen sign elsewhere, his departure would leave a huge gap in the Celtics second unit as the organization looks to rebuild its bench this summer.