Veteran free agent Tony Allen is finalising a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported on Monday.

The 35-year-old has played with the Memphis Grizzlies for the last seven seasons, but has now made the switch to New Orleans where he will add stellar perimeter defense but not much else.

Opponents shot 0.7-percent worse than the league average when guarded by Allen in the 2016-17 season, a statistic that undoubtedly helped him claim his sixth All-Defensive team appearance.

The shooting guard epitomises Memphis’ gritty, hard working play, he will provide veteran leadership in a supporting role next season for the Pelicans, in aid to the star studded front court of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

Allen averaged 9.1 points, a career-high 5.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per contest over the course of 71 games last year, helping the Grizzlies to their seventh consecutive playoff berth.

The veteran swingman joins fellow free agent signing Rajon Rondo on the Pelicans, the pair were teammates on the Boston Celtics’ 2008 championship winning roster.

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