Hornets, Mavs Expected To Pursue Cavs’ Jarrett Allen

Opposing executives believe the Hornets and Mavericks are among the teams that will pursue Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen in free agency this summer, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

Allen, 23, arrived in Cleveland in an early-season trade with the Nets and will be a restricted free agent. So the Cavs will have the ability to match any offer he receives from another team. Word is, they may sign him outright in free agency before anyone else has a chance.Jarrett Allen

Meanwhile, the Hornets and Mavs are both on the lookout for an athletic center, as each has already also been linked to Pacers center Myles Turner. Allen will be equally coveted this summer.

“Some executives around the league believe the Charlotte Hornets could make a play for (Allen) as they need a center and have cap space, even though he’s a restricted free agent,” Scotto said on the HoopsHype podcast. “Some have floated out Dallas. Ultimately, I see him staying in Cleveland because they can match anything and gave up a pick to get this guy. They believe in him as the long-term future starting center and a member of their core going forward.”

Allen averaged a career-high 13.9 points and 9.9 rebounds in 51 games with the Cavs.

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