The Celtics have hit their first real hiccup of the 2010 offseason. Tony Allen has agreed to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.
"We have come to terms with Tony Allen and will sign him to a contract," said the Memphis general manager, who declined to comment on terms, though it is a multi-year deal believedto be worth $3 million per season.
According to David Aldridge at NBA.com, the deal is for three years, and worth $9.7 million total.
The Celtics wanted to re-sign Allen, but were unwilling to give him a third guaranteed year. The most Boston offered was a two-year, $5.2 million offer, with a partial guaranteed third year. At that point the 28-year-old Allen decided to entertain the Memphis offer, which has no partial guarantees or team options.
For more reaction to this deal, visit our Celtics blog, CelticsBlog, and our Grizzlies blog, Straight Outta Vancouver.