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Report: Clippers and Timberwolves have strong interest in free agent guard Tony Allen

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Though most of the big-name players on the free-agent market or trading block have already been moved this offseason, the summer is just getting started and plenty of players still need to find new teams.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen - one of the league's best defenders - is one of those players in search of a new home for the 2017-18 season.

The 35-year-old guard is nearing the end of his NBA career, but he still has a lot to offer a team coming off the bench, and is drawing interest from a pair of Western Conference squads.

According to ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers are both interested in the 13-year veteran:

Allen spent the first six years of his career with the Boston Celtics, working with then-assistant coach Tom Thibodeau before Allen moved on to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he's spent the last seven seasons.

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Thibodeau has shown he enjoys working with players he's coached before, as the Timberwolves have added former Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson already this offseason, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to add a talented veteran like Allen as well.

Last season, Allen appeared in 71 games for the Grizzlies, starting 66 of them and averaging 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.

The Timberwolves have lost guards Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio already this offseason, so the need for veteran guards in Minnesota is real. The Clippers, on the other hand, have already lost Chris Paul and J.J. Redick this summer, so they are desperate for backcourt players as well.

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Allen has proven that he is a reliable player who can either start or come off the bench and has shown no signs of slowing down despite his age. Whichever team ends up signing him will be getting a talented defender who can lock down some of the league's best scorers.

Playing in the Western Conference, where players like James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard and plenty of other stars call home, having a guy like Allen on your roster is never a bad idea.

Allen was a key bench player for the Celtics when they won the 2008 NBA Finals over the Los Angeles Lakers. He was often assigned the unenviable task of guarding Kobe Bryant, but did as well as anyone could do with such a tough job.

He's still able to go toe-to-toe with star players on a nightly basis, so it shouldn't be long before the defensive-minded veteran finds a new NBA home.

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