Report: Thunder, Kings Could Be Interested In Trading For Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen

According to NBA insider Evan Dammarell of Right Down Euclid, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings could be interested in trading for Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen.

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The Cavaliers could trade Allen this summer. 

“While Allen has been linked to the New Orleans Pelicans for quite a while now, sources tell Right Down Euclid that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings could be interested in the former All-Star,” Dammarell wrote. 

Allen has two years and $40 million left on his contract. The big man averaged 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.1 blocks this season for the Cavaliers while shooting 63.4% from the field and 74.2% from the free-throw line. 

Allen has career averages of 12.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.3 blocks with the Brooklyn Nets and Cavaliers.

Cleveland lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round in five games after beating the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs in seven games. 

According to NBA insiders Shams Charania, Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, some members of the Cavaliers were frustrated Allen refused an injection to try and numb the pain in his rib and play. 

Allen missed the entire Cavaliers-Celtics series with a rib injury. 

“Allen played in 81 consecutive games counting the regular season and postseason,” Charania, Vardon and Lloyd wrote. “He was initially hit in the ribs in Game 1 against Orlando, and in Game 4 of that series, an elbow by Franz Wagner ‘pierced’ a rib on Allen’s right side, according to multiple team sources. The team listed him as ‘questionable’ to play in every game after that, which means there is a chance, though he was never close to getting back into uniform.

“Few if any, members of the organization doubted the discomfort Allen has been in since the injury, but the frustration among some members of the team was that he refused an injection to try and numb the pain and play.”

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