Free Agency 2021

Report: Toronto Raptors expected to be 'among the strong suitors' for Jarrett Allen

The Toronto Raptors are expected to be "among the strong suitors" for center Jarrett Allen in free agency, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Allen will be a restricted free agent this offseason, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers the option of matching any offer sheet he signs. Charania adds that there's "mutual interest" between Allen and the Cavaliers on a new deal.

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The No. 22 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Allen started his career with the Brooklyn Nets before being traded to the Cavaliers during the 2020-21 season. In 51 games with the Cavaliers, 40 of which he started in, he averaged 13.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on 60.9 percent shooting from the field.

NBA.com's Nacho Losilla ranked Allen as the best center in this year's free agent class.

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According to Charania, the Raptors have attempted to acquire Allen in the past.

In March, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that the Raptors, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards were expected to have "some level of interest" in Allen.

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