Jarrett Allen Rumors: Spurs, Pistons, Raptors, Wizards Eye Cavs C This Offseason

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 22, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen plays during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers would seem inclined to make Jarrett Allen a key piece of their future, the 22-year-old is going to generate a lot of interest as a restricted free agent this offseason.

Per Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, the San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are among teams expected to have "some level of interest" in Allen. 

Cleveland acquired Allen from the Brooklyn Nets in January as part of the blockbuster deal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn. 

Cavs general manager Koby Altman told reporters at the time of the trade that adding a player of Altman's skill set at his age (22) was "too good to pass up."

Allen replaced Andre Drummond as Cleveland's starting center in early February, at which point ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported the Cavs were going to hold Drummond out of games while they explored trade opportunities. 

Haynes noted that Allen "will be open to all situations as he hopes to collect on his first major payday in the league."

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com wrote that he anticipates Allen could command a contract "close to $100 million, maybe even a bit north of that" in restricted free agency this summer. 

Being a restricted free agent does give Cleveland the opportunity to match any potential offer that Allen might receive. 

A first-round pick by the Nets in 2017, Allen is having the best season of his career with Cleveland. He is averaging 13.7 points on 63.8 percent shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 29 appearances with the Cavaliers.