David West Staying With Pacers; Tony Allen Staying With Grizzlies

David West has re-signed with the Pacers.

David West has re-signed with the Pacers.

Free agents don’t always sign with new teams and this is something both the Indiana Pacers and the Memphis Grizzlies are happy about.  The Pacers and former All-Star forward David West, who will be 33 years old by the end of next season, agreed to a three-year deal worth a reported 36 million dollars.   Retaining West was the Pacers’ number-one priority for the off season.  The team has seen great success and continued improvement since West’s arrival to the team; this past season saw the Pacers reach the conference finals for the first time since Reggie Miller retired where David West and Roy Hibbert exposed Miami’s weak front-court presence and took the eventual champs to game seven in a series that could have easily went either way.  Hopping to improve upon that performance, the Pacers needed West to return.  Now the Pacers will need to evaluate their small forward position as they currently have two All-Stars at that position.  Might one be traded or moved to shooting guard? 

Tony Allen has re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Tony Allen has re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies, who likewise made an appearance in the conference finals this season, a first for the franchise, are hoping to repeat their success.  With the aim of keeping the current roster intact the Grizzlies have agreed to terms with defensive-minded ‘shooting’ guard Tony Allen, agreeing to a four-year deal worth a reported 20 million dollars.  The Grizzlies, who took advantage of two injury depleted team in this year’s post season, lost to the Spurs, but are no doubt hoping to improve upon their performance despite letting head coach Lionel Hollins go after the season ended.  Allen, a defensive specialist, who was also pursued by the Milwaukee Bucks, was first in All-Defensive team votes this past season and fifth in Defensive Player of the Year voting, an award won by his Memphis teammate Marc Gasol, who ironically wasn’t even on the All-Defensive First Team with Allen.  

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