Bulls News: Tony Allen Officially Waived Following 2018 NBA Trade Deadline

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Tony Allen #24 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during a NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center on November 20, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The New Orleans Pelicans won the game 114 - 107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls officially waived guard Tony Allen on Friday after acquiring him from the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 1 in the trade that sent Nikola Mirotic to the Big Easy.  

Chicago also acquired Omer Asik, a top-five protected first-round pick in 2018 and guard Jameer Nelson—who was later traded to the Detroit Pistons 

Allen, 36, averaged 4.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 22 appearances with the Pelicans. 

New Orleans also posted a defensive rating of 103.7 with Allen on the floor—the top figure among all Pelicans players who have logged at least 100 minutes—compared to a mark of 107.7 with him on the bench. 

"He definitely brings the intensity," guard Jordan Crawford told Pelicans.com's Jim Eichenhofer. "He brings the fear factor. There are guys who the day before the game, they are thinking about having to face Tony Allen."

Allen's likely not much more than a bit player at this stage in his career, but his lockdown defense could be quite valuable to title contenders in need of low-cost reinforcements ahead of the postseason. 

According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have already inquired about Allen's willingness to sign on.  

Stats courtesy of NBA.com

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