Tony Allen for J.J. Redick?

Tony Allen's defense was a great fit alongside Rudy Gay's offense.

Tony Allen’s defense was a great fit alongside Rudy Gay’s offense.

After having traded Rudy Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies seemed to be lacking a strong offensive presence on the wing.  Though Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are both exceptional offensive players, and Mike Conley is a solid point guard, neither Tayshaun Prince, nor Tony Allen, have the offensive creativity that Gay had.  As a result, the Grizzlies, though they did make it to the conference finals, seem to lack the ability to create baskets down the stretch.  Last season the Grizzlies got an early jump out of the gate.  This year they are below .500 five games into the season.  Something needs to be done. 

J.J. Redick's offense could give the Grizzlies exactly what they need.

J.J. Redick’s offense could give the Grizzlies exactly what they need.

The Los Angeles Clippers are having similar issues.  Though they are getting an MVP performance out of point guard Chris Paul, and are getting All-Star numbers from Blake Griffin, there seems to be a lack of defense on the wing.  J.J. Redick is a solid player with immense offensive skills.  He is a solid shooter and can be aggressive on offense when required to do so.  He cannot, however, guard the likes of Dwyane Wade effectively, as evidence by Wade explosive performance against Redick on November 7th.  It seems, then, that the Grizzlies and Clippers can help each other out.   One team has too much defense and enough offense, while the other has the inverse problem. 

Doc Rivers turned Tony Allen into a champion in Boston.  Perhaps he could do the same for him in LA.

Doc Rivers turned Tony Allen into a champion in Boston. Perhaps he could do the same for him in LA.

The Grizzlies need an offensive weapon to complement their defensive masters (Conley, Prince and Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol), and the Clippers need a defensive specialist who can hit open threes and let Paul and Griffin work their magic together.  Each player, on paper at least, seems to fit perfectly with these respective teams.  Their contracts are within a million dollars of each other, and each contract expires in the 2016/17 season.  Coupled with that, Allen has already played for defensive-minded coach Doc Rivers, who the Clippers acquired in the offseason.  The trade makes sense for both teams and the contacts match up nicely; the only question is: how long will it take before these teams realize they need to do something to respond to their sluggish start? 

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