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The Oklahoma City Thunder need some perimeter defensive help. That much is obvious as they’ve allowed 12.0 three-point buckets per game over the last four games. They’re 1-4 without Andre Roberson. Because of that, the Thunder have made inquiries into the new Chicago Bull, Tony Allen.

Known as the Grindfather for his hard nosed, never quit style in Memphis, Allen was recently traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, Feb. 1. It was reported by Adrian Wojnarwoski the Bulls didn’t really have intent to keep Allen.

That’s where the Oklahoma City Thunder come in.

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that “league sources said the Bulls and Thunder have engaged in talks with at least Tony Allen’s expiring deal involved.”

No Andre Roberson and a horrible turn of events defensively, Allen in theory could be the right fit.

Allen, 36, is still not an offensive threat as he’s only averaging 4.7 points, 2.1 rebounds on 48.4 percent per game, including 33.3 percent from three-point range. On the surface, Allen is still a defensive juggernaut but he really isn’t anymore. He hasn’t posted a decent defensive rating (In my mind, 102 or below, since 2014-15, when he was with the Grizzlies.

Though, it’s been said, the 36-year-old from Oklahoma State is still better than watching Alex Abrines try to defend Klay Thompson. Allen could help be a short stoppage for the remainder of the season.

If the Thunder were to sign Allen, he would garner approximately $868,311 for the remainder of the season, with it getting lower everyday.

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