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Perfect Fit: Tony Allen
Beyond finding a new head coach, the Denver Nuggets have to take a serious look at their roster and find the holes to fill. A No. 3 seed in the Western Conference was quite a feat, but that first-round exit was equally as disappointing and worrisome.
With Andre Iguodala opting out of the final year of his contract, forgoing $16.1 million, the Nuggets have some money with which to fix up those holes. Without Iguodala, they will hold roughly $51.7 million in guaranteed contracts heading into free agency.
A lot of where they go this summer will depend on who is brought in to coach the team. Obviously in its current makeup, there isn't a whole lot of defense. If Iguodala jumps ship, that need will become even more glaring.
Corey Brewer is also free agent this summer, further lightening the Nuggets' depth on the wing. For a team that finished the league No. 1 in scoring and No. 23 in points allowed, with an opening at shooting guard, there should only be one name on the mind.
Tony Allen has become a favorite with the Memphis Grizzlies, but finished out his contract this past season. Memphis is also going through a bit of an identity crisis with its head-coaching position, which could give the Nuggets the necessary window to swipe him up.
Allen is limited offensively, but that can be covered by the Nuggets' all-around production at that end. He is a beast with perimeter defense and has the ability to lock down the other team's best backcourt scorer. The Nuggets really need a player like that, especially if Iguodala goes.
Stealing him from a rival in Memphis will be tough, but both teams are a mess at the top right now, so anything is possible.