Free agent shooting guard Tony Allen has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report from The Vertical.
Allen, 35, has spent the previous seven seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. He has a reputation as one of the league’s top perimeter defenders.
The Pelicans have been looking for help on the wing since starting small forward Solomon Hill went down with a hamstring injury last month. Hill suffered the injury, which required surgery, while working out in Los Angeles. He is expected to miss six to eight months.
“I think we’ve got some players who can fill in, but we’ve really got to go out and find another guy of that size with a little bit of versatility, that can play some (power forward) or maybe even some (shooting guard) for us, depending on who we try to get,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said recently. “Right now we’ve got to decide if we’re going to add a guy and how we can do that.”
The Pelicans had also expressed a passing interest in trading for Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert. Free agents Josh Smith, Martell Webster and Shabazz Muhammad were also said to be on the team’s radar in recent weeks.