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Grizzlies sign guard Tony Allen

MEMPHIS, July 13, 2010 – The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Tony Allen to a multi-year contract, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to add Tony Allen’s veteran presence to our roster,” said Wallace. “He has become one of the league’s premier defensive stoppers at the wing position, and his big game experience and championship pedigree will be very important to the growth of our team.”

Allen, a 6-4, 213-pound guard, comes to Memphis after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics, posting career averages of 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.04 steals in 18.4 minutes in 336 games (82 starts).

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In 54 regular season games (eight starts) in 2009-10, Allen averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.09 steals in 16.5 minutes while shooting .510 (129-of-253 FG) from the field.

Allen brings a wealth of playoff experience to the Grizzlies, advancing to the NBA Finals in two of the last three seasons and capturing an NBA championship with the Celtics in 2007-08. The 28-year-old has played in 56 postseason games (three starts), appearing in the playoffs in four of his six years in Boston. The Chicago native played a key role as a defensive stopper for 2009-10 Eastern Conference champion Celtics, leading all postseason participants in steals per 48 minutes (4.61) while averaging playoff career-highs of 5.1 points and 1.04 steals in 24 games.

The 2003-04 Big 12 Player of the Year at Oklahoma State, Allen was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Celtics and their former General Manager and current Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace. Allen ranks in the Top 25 in Celtics history with 351 steals (21st) and 117 blocks (t-24th).

Video: Wallace Talks Signing