NBA Rumors: Tony Allen's Tweeted Trade Good for Pacers and Grizzlies

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterDecember 13, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  Guard Tony Allen #9 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tony Allen may have jumped the gun just a bit when he announced a proposed trade between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Indiana Pacers, but can anyone really blame him? Professional athletes, especially those residing in the NBA, have a knack for misusing the Twitter machine when they're excited.

And he certainly had reason to be, and might still have reason if the deal he outed goes through:


Heck, both teams involved would have to be pleased. For the Grizzlies, the departure of OJ Mayo, who was relegated largely to bench duty by head coach Lionel Hollins, would open up more opportunities for fellow youngsters Sam Young, Xavier Henry and rookie Josh Selby, the latter two of whom sport the sort of upside that could make either (or both) pleasantly productive NBA guards, at the very least.

Dumping Mayo would also clear out scoring opportunities for Rudy Gay, who's due back this season after missing the second half of the 2010-11 campaign with a shoulder injury.

Josh McRoberts is no world beater, but his jack-of-all-trades skill set would set him up as a solid reserve behind Zach Randolph and the newly re-signed Marc Gasol.


Mayo, meanwhile, would give the Pacers that second scorer they so desperately need alongside Danny Granger. Pairing the former Trojan with UCLA grad Darren Collison in the backcourt might be a bit awkward at first, but surely, those two would coexist quite well on the court. Indy would still have a ways to go before it could consider itself on par with the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division, though keeping OJ away from the Windy City would be a boost in and of itself.

The Pacers, like the Grizz, showed promise, reaching the playoffs under then-interim coach Frank Vogel last season, and the arrival of a backcourt bucket-filler like Mayo would help the team take that next step up the ladder in the now-tough Eastern Conference.

Whether this deal eventually goes through remains to be seen, though both the Grizzlies and the Pacers would certainly be better for it.

For now, Tony Allen will have to make sure he and OJ are still on good terms.