NBA center Jarrett Allen spent a little over half a season with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being traded at the deadline. The 23-year-old now enters the offseason as a restricted free agent after averaging 12.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 61.8% from the field in 2020-21.
The four-year pro should draw some interest in the free agent market as teams across the league search for a consistent big man to sign. With that being said, here are three of the most likely free agent destinations for Allen.
Jarrett Allen Destinations
3. Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets have been right on the edge of playoff contention over the last few seasons, but continue to lack a reliable big man. Cody Zeller has proven he cannot take on a starting role and Allen may be the team's best option in free agency. The team is expected to have around $30 million in cap space and could afford to give Allen the long-term deal he is looking for. Adding a player capable of racking up both points and rebounds may be exactly what this Charlotte team needs to reach the postseason. While they drafted Texas center Kai Jones with the No. 19 pick in the draft, Allen could still serve as a great starter while Jones develops.
2. Dallas Mavericks
It is clear that the Dallas Mavericks have to surround point guard Luka Doncic with more talent if they truly want to succeed. Kristaps Porzingis has been a solid No. 2 player, but he struggled to perform in the postseason. Signing Allen may be a move the Mavs look into simply due to his ability to grab rebounds. He has posted at least 9.6 rebounds per game in each of the last two seasons and that includes an average of 3.1 on the offensive boards. This could be an underrated signing for a team looking to improve its roster this offseason.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The most likely outcome for Allen is a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs will have the opportunity to match any offer sheet Allen signs and he would fit well in their rebuilding plans. Re-signing the 6-foot-11 walking double-double gives the team a tenacious rebounder that can make an impact on both sides of the floor. Allen has averaged at least 1.2 blocks in each of his four NBA seasons and plays well above the rim. Cleveland could lock down the center position for years to come by making this move.
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