Tony Allen enters this offseason with the highest stock of his career. After an impressive Finals performance against the Lakers, teams all around the league are drooling over the 29-year-old and his defensive ability.
The Celtics would like nothing more than to bring the veteran back, but can they afford to?
With teams looking to bolster their depth this summer, Allen is sure to receive a lot of attention from franchises all over the country.
In reality, his stock will probably never be higher, and while the Celtics will look to re-sign him, they may not have the means to do so. Teams such as Allen’s hometown Chicago Bulls have much more money to play with and could logically pull him from Boston’s grip.
Allen is a loyal guy, so I’m sure his first choice would be to return to the Celtics. But with a potential lockout looming on the horizon, taking big money to go elsewhere is a very appealing draw for the lockdown defender.